By West Brom News speaking to Kevin Phillips

17th Jun, 2021 | 3:09pm

Kevin Phillips surprised by Luke Dowling exit from West Brom

We’re delighted to welcome former West Brom striker Kevin Phillips as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at The Hawthorns…

Kevin Phillips didn’t see Luke Dowling’s exit from West Brom coming after it was confirmed this week the sporting and technical director has left The Hawthorns.

Albion announced on their official website on Monday that Dowling left his role at the Black Country club by “mutual consent”.

Dowling’s exit coincides with what has already been a protracted search for a new manager after Sam Allardyce stepped down at the end of the Premier League season.

Ex-Albion striker Phillips admits Dowling’s exit came out of the blue and he’s now unsure of what the situation is behind the scenes at The Hawthorns.

“It’s a surprise, it looks like they’re having a shake-up,” Phillips told West Brom News in an exclusive interview.

I’m very surprised and didn’t see it coming so it will be interesting to see what happens moving forward and who they appoint in terms of the new manager, et cetera.

Whether he wants to head in a different direction or there’s something else in the pipeline, it will be interesting to see what follows.”

After Dowling’s exit, chief executive Xu ‘Ken’ Ke released a statement to West Brom supporters saying that Albion’s search for a new manager is not a simple one and no formal offers have been made.

Ken’s statement then moved onto the subject of season ticket sales and that he’d hoped a new manager would be in place before they went up sale.

But West Brom’s search has now been halted with the man behind the appointment gone.

Let’s see what Guochuan Lai can conjure up next to add to his ever-growing mess.

In other West Brom news, there’s been an update on speculation linking Tony Pulis with a shock return.

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