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Who is in the running to be West Brom’s next manager?

The Baggies want a new manager (and some much needed points) for Christmas. Here are the top five men in the running for the job.

by Josh Powell | December 15, 2013

One win in 10, a defeat to Cardiff on Saturday, 12 goals conceded in their last six games and just two points clear of the relegation zone. It might be the season of goodwill but that kind of form doesn’t sit well with chairmen of Premier League clubs and West Brom didn’t waste any time printing off Steve Clarke’s P45.

With a hectic Christmas schedule around the corner the Baggies don’t really have much time to hang around finding a replacement. here are the top five contenders rumoured to be in line to take the hot seat at The Hawthorns.


Roberto Di Matteo 4/1 7/1

Where is he now?
Chilling out in Leamington Spa after being unceremoniously dumped by Roman Abramovich in November 2012.

What’s his win rate like?
Not to be sniffed at. He notched up an impressive 57 per cent win rate at Chelsea in the eight months he was there and before that won 40 of the 83 games he was in charge of at The Hawthorns.

What he has won?Automatic promotion to the Premier League with WBA in 2009/10 and then an FA Cup and Champions League double with Chelsea in 2011/12. A solid CV for Bobby.


Martin Jol 6/1 7/2

Where is he now?
Making snow angels out of the wads of cash he probably got after Fulham gave him the sack a few weeks ago.

What’s his win rate like?
Good in Holland and Germany, but pretty crap this side of the pond. In the last five years he has racked up a 60 per cent win rate at Hamburger and a 65 per cent win rate at Ajax. Unfortunately that record takes a sharp turn south with just 38 wins from 113 games during two years in charge of Fulham

What he has won?
He’s a two-time winner of the Dutch version of the FA Cup. Yabadabadoo


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 9/1 10/1

Where is he now?
In Kristiansund back in his native Norway managing Molde.

What’s his win rate like?
Not too shabby. He’s won 69 of his 125 games at Molde giving him a win rate of 55 per cent. The quality of the Norwegian top division might be a different matter though.

What he has won?
He’s a two-time league winner in 2011 and 2012 and this year he won the Norwegian version of the FA Cup for just the third time in Molde’s history.

Paul Clement 10/1

Where is he now?
Buying hair gel for Ronaldo and dealing with Sergio Ramos’ hissy fits as assistant manager of Real Madrid

What’s his win rate like?
A bit hard to tell as he’s never actually been the manager of a club. He went through the coaching ranks at Chelsea for four years and was retained as first team coach there by Carlo Ancelotti. Ancelotti also took Clement with him to PSG and now Real Madrid so he must be doing something right.

What he has won?
Clearly the respect and love of Ancelotti. While he was at Chelsea the Blues picked up a league title and an FA Cup and he also was at PSG when they secured Ligue 1.


Neil Lennon 16/1

Where is he now?
Managing Celtic in the one-horse race that may people refer to as the SPL.

What’s his win rate like?
Impressive to an extent. That is, very good until you consider the gulf of class between Celtic and the rest of the SPL. In the league since March 2010 he has a win rate of 75 per cent. this drops slightly to 70 per cent when you include the cup competitions and European adventures.

What he has won?
Two SPL titles in 2011/12 and 2012/13 and a couple of Scottish Cups in 2010/11 and 2012/13.

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