Kevin Phillips warns West Brom off making a move for Roy Hodgson
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Kevin Phillips is adamant West Brom should look forwards and not behind after Roy Hodgson was linked with the vacant manager job at The Hawthorns.
An array of different names have been thrown forward as the search for Sam Allardyce’s successor continues, and the 73-year-old, who left Crystal Palace at the end of the season, was among them.
The Mirror reported on May 29 that the former Baggies boss was on the shortlist to come back as manager, with Hodgson open to the idea of “returning to frontline football”.
However, speaking to West Brom News, ex-Albion forward Phillips believes that would be the wrong move to make.
He said: “I think sometimes going back to a manager that did well at the club is sometimes not the best move, I think you have to move on.
“I heard that as well, I think a lot of supporters would be fairly happy with that but I think it would be a mixed reaction to be honest.
“I’m of the opinion that you don’t go back because it will never be the same as it was before.”
Things are never the same
Hodgson’s time as Baggies boss was fairly brief, managing the club for just over a year before leaving for the England national job.
That achievement alone shows just how well he did at Albion.
He guided us to a tenth-placed finish, our highest in the top-flight since 1981, and he was a popular figure.
But that doesn’t mean he should be handed the reigns again.
Someone with experience could be useful, but we also want someone who can lay some long-term foundations and launch an aggressive rebuild.
We have our doubts that Hodgson would be able to fulfil those requirements given his advancing years.
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