Mark Warburton not the man for West Brom Dan Ashworth role

Albion’s search for Dan Ashworth’s replacement is set to continue after Brentford’s Mark Warburton was ruled out of the race.


The Bees’ sporting and technical director held talks with the Baggies this week about succeeding Ashworth, who is due to leave for the FA next summer.

But Warburton is no longer in the running with chairman Jeremy Peace’s hunt for a new technical chief set to extend into 2013.

Warburton, an ex-City trader who headed Watford’s academy before moving to Griffin Park, impressed Baggies directors during informal talks over Ashworth’s job, which is set to become vacant next year.

But Peace and his board have decided to look elsewhere as they draw up a shortlist for the key role.

Hamburg technical chief Lee Congerton was a leading contender but the German club are reluctant to let him leave, while Celtic chief scout John Park, former Liverpool sporting director Damien Comolli and Andy Marriott, who assisted Ashworth at The Hawthorns, have all been linked.

Head coach Steve Clarke said: “I haven’t met with anyone as regards to the job. “The board are looking after it. I would expect, if they were going to appoint someone, I’d speak to them.”

Clarke today hailed defender Gareth McAuley –as an inspiration to lower-division players targeting a top-flight breakthrough.

McAuley, 33, turned pro with Lincoln at 24 and played more than 250 Football League games for City, Leicester and Ipswich before getting his top-flight chance with Albion at the age of 31.

“If you are determined enough and get the breaks Gareth has shown you can do it.”

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Comments for: "Mark Warburton not the man for West Brom Dan Ashworth role"

Jack ♣ Hat.

Gareth has been immense for us since his arrival. Big strong and tenacious in the air or on the ground. He is a giant in every respect in our defence. McAuley will be an "Evergreen" player for us. I wish our solid all the best and keep doing the business.


Jack ♣ Hat.

We don't know why Warburton has been overlooked, but what we do know is ALBION intend getting one of the best there is. So it is back to the grind stone for our Board and the search continues.


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Jack the search is over. They are in the process of interviewing a guy from Sweden named Ho. Vis.

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Whichever way you slice it Warburton couldn't cut it !!!

mike (coseley) Baggie Fan,

Quite right if jp and the board think that Warburton is not the right man, then as jack the hat said we need to press on with the search what is most important we need to find the right man to fill Dans Ashworth boots it is imperative that we make the correct choice to take this club further forward with any further signings we make.