By Adefunmiloye Alani

15th Jun, 2021 | 4:31pm

Valerien Ismael and Alex Neil could be back in running for West Brom job after Dowling's exit

Luke Dowling has left his role as West Brom sporting and technical director and it could be good news for the club’s managerial search.

According to The Athletic, his exit could bring candidates about whom he harboured doubts back into the frame, with Barnsley head coach Valerien Ismael and former Preston North End boss Alex Neil likely to be back in running for the job.

Ismael’s direct style of play put Dowling off and Neil’s decision to sign a new deal at Deepdale after strong links with West Brom in 2019 might have harmed his chances [The Athletic].

Credible candidates

We need someone capable of leading us back into the Premier League immediately, and while Dowling’s preferred candidates – Chris Wilder and David Wagner – can pull it off, they have both been ruled out.

Ismael and Neil are equally capable of the tasks ahead, and the erstwhile director should have considered them.

With West Brom’s current hierarchy lacking a figure that boasts of the adequate football knowledge needed to make such a crucial appointment, Dowling’s departure could prove to be a fatal blow.

Baggies CEO Xu Ke, owner Guochuan Lai and operations director Mark Miles now have to quickly appoint a new sporting and technical director if they want to get the managerial appointment right.

Taking the decision themselves could prove to be a disaster given their lack of football knowledge, and we can only hope they do what is right.

West Brom’s next sporting director and boss would be crucial to our promotion hopes, and fans will be eagerly waiting for what the board does next.

In other West Brom news, medical passed as Baggies player set to seal exit from the Hawthorns.

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