Kevin Phillips suggests West Brom 'Project' could attract managers like Rafael Benitez

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Kevin Phillips believes the West Brom project could tempt high-profile managers like Rafael Benitez to The Hawthorns.

Telegraph journalist Luke Edwards reported on Friday that West Brom were among a quintet of managerless Premier League clubs who had yet to contact the Spaniard about their vacant roles.

Edwards branded Benitez “the best manager in the world nobody seems to want”.

Ex-Baggies striker Phillips is adamant it would be a huge statement of intent if Albion were to make contact and appoint Benitez.

“If West Brom can get hold of him then blimey, that would be a major coup,” he told West Brom News. “His history and track record speaks for itself.

“That would be a big draw to try and attract players to the club.

“Will he drop down to the Baggies? I don’t know, they are a big club and they are going to have a healthy budget in the Championship I’m sure, and it could be one where they can persuade someone like that as a project to build the club back up.

“I think it would be a major coup if they could get him, but I’m not so sure if I’m being honest.”

Benitez has been without a job since he left Chinese Super League side Dalian Professional on January 23, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason for his resignation.

The former Champions League and double Europa League winner last managed in England with Newcastle United, who he guided to Championship promotion in 2017 before consolidating them back in the Premier League.

He departed the Magpies in June 2019.

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