With West Bromwich Albion confirming that we have built a four man shortlist for the post of head coach at The Hawthorns, and that interviews would now be taking place, there has been plenty of speculation about who features on that list.
Chris Hughton, Michael O’Neill and Danny Cowley are three who feature on the rumour mill, and former assistant manager Nigel Pearson has now thrown his hat into the ring.
Speaking recently to the E&S Pearson stated that he would naturally be interested in the job as he is waiting for his next chance in the game following his sacking by Belgian club OH Leuven last February.
Pearson does of course have plenty of Championship experience as a gaffer in his own right, and everyone is aware of the role he played in getting Leicester City promoted all those years ago, and the man himself said.
“I’m still keen to be a manager, but like most people who are out of work you have to wait for the next opportunity. I worked abroad and would certainly do it again. Hopefully that will improve the possibilities for me, because I have that appetite to work.”
With two years as Bryan Robson’s assistant at the club, his name always comes up when we are on a search for a new gaffer.
“Is it a job which I would be interested in? Of course it would be. It’s a club with stature and it’s a very attractive proposition. But ultimately it’s down to what direction the club want to go in. I was offered it when Bryan got sacked but chose not to take it because I was Bryan’s assistant. My decision was to move on. Tony Mowbray went in and did a good job.”
Fans also want to know ‘what direction’ we are going in and it obviously factors in the decision of any new gaffer at this stage.
“I loved my time at the club, it was very well run back then. Jeremy Peace wasn’t everybody’s favourite but he was somebody who understood what the club needed to function at the level it was at. We suffered a relegation, but it was testament to how the club was managed back in those days that it was able to get promoted again. First and foremost you have to be pretty open about what the circumstances are, you can’t pull the wool over the eyes of your fanbase. Relegation is never easy. There has to be a plan to ultimately make them competitive enough. As we’ve seen it’s not easy. There are always going to be a number of sizeable clubs in the Championship looking for the same outcome. It’s such a tough division.”