Kevin Phillips shares what James Morrison said about West Brom manager situation

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Kevin Phillips has revealed he bumped into West Brom first-team coach James Morrison on Thursday and asked him about the manager situation at The Hawthorns.

It’s been a turbulent week for the Baggies, who’ve seen attempts to hire Chris Wilder and David Wagner derail despite reports they were close to striking deals.

Albion’s move for number one target Wilder was vetoed by owner Guochuan Lai [Birmingham Mail] while Wagner walked away from talks to join Swiss side BSC Young Boys.

Ex-Albion midfielder Morrison remains at the club despite Sam Allardyce’s exit at the end of the season and Phillips asked him about what is going on behind the scenes at The Hawthorns.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem as though Mozza has as much clue as anyone else.

Speaking to West Brom News, Phillips said: “I spoke to James Morrison last night, I bumped into him, and I asked if anyone’s in charge yet and he said, ‘no, I don’t know anything’.

He’s none-the-wiser so I think it’s a situation that’s not desperate but it needs addressing sooner rather than later so someone can come in and get an idea of what they’re working with before pre-season starts.”

Derek McInnes is now being linked with the vacancy at The Hawthorns.

He captained the Baggies to their first-ever Premier League promotion in 2001/02 and has since had successful spells in management at St Johnstone and Aberdeen.

The Express & Star reports he’d be interested in filling Big Sam’s boots but will the board feel the same way?

No one knows what is going to happen next in what is fast becoming a farce of a hunt for a new manager.

In other West Brom news, this manager who “ticks all the boxes” wants to replace Allardyce.

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