Brian McDermott emerges as front runner for West Brom job

Leeds boss Brian McDermott today emerged as a surprise contender to replace Pepe Mel at Albion as Terry Burton prepared to lead the search for the new Baggies head coach.

Brian McDermott admitted the takeover saga at Leeds has been "testing"
Brian McDermott admitted the takeover saga at Leeds has been "testing"

Sacked Manchester United manager David Moyes topped an Express & Star poll to find out who fans want to take over at The Hawthorns.

But McDermott shot to the top of several bookmakers’ lists less than 24 hours after Mel was shown the door with Chris Hughton and Malky Mackay thought to be outsiders at this stage.

Burton, who briefly assisted Roy Hodgson during his spell as Albion head coach, is set to return to the club in the next 48 hours after holding face-to-face talks yesterday about a role assisting sporting and technical director Richard Garlick.

Ex-Albion captain Derek McInnes, who was last week named manager of the year in Scotland after leading Aberdeen to third in the SPL, is also a potential contender while former caretaker boss Keith Downing will need to decide whether to apply.

Moyes is unlikely to be a realistic option despite topping the online poll.

Moyes polled 32 per cent with more than 1,500 votes cast, with ex-Swansea boss Michael Laudrup second on 17 per cent. Mel, 51, oversaw three wins and eight defeats in 17 Premier League games at the helm after being appointed in January and left yesterday by mutual consent.

Garlick said: “Both Pepe and the club set out with the best intentions of making the appointment work.But it was in the best interests of both parties for there to be an amicable parting.”

Keeper Ben Foster said: “It was always going to be a tough ask because there was a language barrier.”

Mel’s daughter Iris Mel Montero responded to many affectionate messages from fans by tweeting: “Thank you very much for your affection. We love you too.”

Comments for: "Brian McDermott emerges as front runner for West Brom job"

CantelloRocket 78

Well this could be a very exciting development - bringing Heston Blumenthal to The Hawthorns should massively improve the rather bland kiosk menu........

Captain Mardon International

People say I look quite similar myself.

How's tricks mate?

CantelloRocket 78

Captain,

I'm fine mate, and yes, you DO look a lot like Heston - I mean Brian - I mean Heston - I mean.....

well at least yow dow look like Gordon f****** ****** *** ********* Ramsay............

BURNLEY BAGGIE

Where the hell has this nonsense come from the guy couldn't run a bath let alone a Premiership football club

The View From Baggy Bottom

Seems I was right about the poll and speculative journalism then!!

Top marks for originallity E&D.

Boing Boing!!

CantelloRocket 78

BB,

well at least the E&D have joined my campaign to give us a loff this Summer-

although disturbingly, they wasn't aware they were doin' it.......

BrierleyHillOriginalBaggie

Pmsl make your minds up

Freddie Starrs not doing anything

funny old world

Pep Guardiola, before the snide comments, why not.

ian.rafferty.165

Brian McDermott? Personally, I would see that has hugely disappointing. I think that he is a stand up guy and has always impressed in interviews when he was Reading boss, but unfortunately hasn't achieved anything/enough to suggest that he is the right man to take WBA forward.

The names on the poll lack imagination. The likes of Chris Hughton, Malkay Mackay have both done well in previous seasons, but both spent considerably more than West Brom this season and both lost their jobs with both clubs getting relegated.

For me, I would be very interested in perusing one of the leading candidates of the last job search. Thomas Schaaf. I don't know if you guys have any inside knowledge as to why it didn't work out last time with him and the club, probably one factor would be his back room team not being able to join him. He has had huge success and has rubbed shoulders with some of footballs contemporary managing legends at training centres and FIFA conferences and the fact that he sat down with West Brom last time proves a level of interest.

We need to think outside the box as opposed to opting for the usual merry go round of managers. I know that's exactly what we did with Pepe Mel but with hindsight, the appointment lacked balance. With the language issues, and his philosophy and style of play when considering the players at his disposal and their strengths/weaknesses was a naive appointment. I understand why he has gone and don't disagree, but with investment and change this summer, I'm convinced he could have done a satisfactory job. But that page has now been turned.

Let's put West Brom in a different places to Norwich, Cardiff, Swansea etc... We have been established in the Premier League for longer, are undoubtedly a bigger club and our candidates and final appointment show be relative. Good luck in the process! C'mom you baggies!!!

boy from the REAL black country

I've posted elsewhere that Laudrup would be the one to go for, but as others have mentioned JP usually goes for someone not initially on the list of candidates.....which is why i suspect he may now approach Uwe Rosler now Wigan have lost in the play-offs. He seems to fit into the "up and coming" mould that JP has favoured previously.

BuxtonBaggie

Ok, let's get a few things clear. David Moyes will not be coming to Albion. Great though that might be, it is fantasy land. Second, none of those mentioned above will get the job. Peace will not take failures from elsewhere in English football. McDermott has hardly excelled at Leeds. Lazy journalists and bookies just pluck the obvious names. Peace will appoint again someone who is deemed to be forward thinking, fits with the project and has experience at this level. None of the names so far mentioned fit this criteria. It will be a left field appointment. A coach who is willing to inherit Downing and Kiely and Burton.

jonathan.willetts.3

What about Oscar Pistorias? Might as well throw any name in.

CantelloRocket 78

Jonathan,

a bit undecided about him, the Jury's still out.........

Northern Wolf

If he tried to come through the door of my club I'd be dead against it...

CantelloRocket 78

NW,

Oooh, dark humour....

( but.......hands up - how many people just smiled? ;-)

Northern Wolf

At this stage its all speculation. Any name is just a shot in the dark...

The View From Baggy Bottom

Not sure he's got the right calibre for JP. Then again....

Jack the Hat

Northern,

You should know with your clubs reputation.

Gorra loff ay ya.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

jonathan.willetts.3

Mind you, it would be the same as PM, not a leg to stand on

Santas a baggie

yes but he would arrive with a spring in his step!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Real Bully Hoo.

There wouldn't be the usual half time rush for the toilets.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Go on Dolally, press the abuse button. You know you want to.

TRBH....????

If you have a gripe about the E&S removing your vile abusive posts then take it up with them....SIMPLES !!

As for this post....WHY would I report it ??

Seems to me that you are on a self destruct crusade because you have come up with someone who is a bit more educated than you ?

CantelloRocket 78

Bully,

watch out, it looks like someone who can't spell his name is claiming to be a bit more educated than you.......:-)

The Real Bully Hoo.

Two be fayre Rokit, he myte wel be beta edukayted but then edukayshun has nuffink to do wiv inteligents do it.

CantelloRocket 78

Bully,

you clearly speak my language, mate.

Errr.......any chance you could repeat what you just said, I couldn't quite grasp it.....??

Northern Wolf

But they would be spotlessly clean afterwards! Barry Scott for whom "Bang" and the problem's gone.....

Santas a baggie

Well theres one thing for sure,he surely be able to BOING BOING.

Northern Wolf

Here in peace - don't shoot.

Why has Robbie Di Matteo's name not been placed on the list? I know the footballing experts of the E&S sometimes seem to draw up these lists off Google, but I thought he was a bit hard done by the last time with you, did quite well and has won a Champion's League since then. Woy Hodgson may well be available in July as well.....

jonathan.willetts.3

RDM is still being paid £130k a week by Chelsea!!

Northern Wolf

I think I have found a hole in my otherwise brilliant plan........

Still think Woy is a good shout though!

Jack the Hat

Northern,

I think I have found a hole .......

If you have come on here to talk about the _ " NETTO-GHETTO " forget it.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Santas a baggie

Lucky bar****d

SammySix

I'm not as concerned about RDM not being on the list as I am with Dave Jones being on there!

I'd be over the moon with Roy returning, but I see that as being less likely than Moyes heading our way, I don't think we've ever recovered from having Granddad Footy leave us.

Jack the Hat

SammySix,

Don't worry mate, the SIGNS are Anelka will be offered it as long as he can produce his " Fit for Purpose " certificate.

Gorra loff ay ya.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

do lallytap

Whoever comes in won't be a "go get em" strong willed man, they will be a gopher, someone who will play the tune JP is playing....I may be wrong but thats my thoughts.

Players out of contract.....I honestly think that most of those out of contract will be squeezed to get another season out of them by offering them a one year contract to save spending on new players and AGAIN we will be relying on loans and has beens.

Personally I would like to see someone a bit stronger like Malkie McKay, he is young, ambitious and got a strong character but I fear we will end up with another "weak but nice" YES man like Hughton or McDermott.

IMHO

1877wolf

The Albion fans voted for David Moyes and the favourites are Chris Hughton and Brian Mc Dermott! Pep Mel said you needed 9 new players and he was gone. You spent massively (by Albion's standards) last Summer and you know Peace won't do that again. Cheap option manager with cheap option players this summer.

I wonder what G-Mac meant about the things that the public didn't know?!

BURNLEY BAGGIE

We don't know, but if we did know it would be pubic knowledge, but we don't so it isn't so we don't know.

Hope that's cleared that up for you

1877wolf

That's why I said 'I wonder'. I hope that's cleared that up for you.

With all the dramas that were public knowledge the stuff that isn't must be bad. When one of the players do leave the club I'm sure we'll find out.

CantelloRocket 78

1877-

talkin' about what the public don't know-

all you do is read gossip and stories on here, then come over to repeat it to us day after day, inc. bank Holidays-

d'you have a parrott at home?

And did he teach you to speak......???

Cyril

1877wolf. I do not think we need NINE new players IF we can keep Mulumbu and Foster. We have an experienced nucleus of players, all very good ones IN THE RIGHT HANDS ! And therein lies the crunch. Four decent players could well be sufficient. However, I too think GMac said everything in that sentence. My own thoughts, and that's all they can be without evidence, is Odem whinger unsettled the atmosphere, Anelka made it much worse, add in McDonaugh showing them how to play football with a non-English speaking Head Coach....the aftermath of Steve Clarke and his 3 wins in whatever, we have the complete recipe for the disaster we somehow avoided. Before this season, we were on a solid base, progressing, however slowly into a reliable club run on very basic cash. We MUST get back to that asap and that includes Downing and Kiely as coaches.

Jack the Hat

Cyril,

My reasoning for having John Terry for Player-Coach is, if he were captain on the park, imagine the organization that move would bring to our defensive setup. Look at the experience the likes of Dawson would have at his fingertips. Just as you say, the nucleus of the squad is in place but somehow they haven't showed their best form for Pepe and they can't pull the wool over our eyes as we know they are better than that.

Onward and upward with the BAGGIES.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

P.S. I liked the pace and get stuck in with the tackles that came from young O'Neil, what a good right wing-back prospect we have there.

KP2015

I agree, we have some excellent players in our squad. A left back and an out-and-out goalscorer would improve the squad. Strength in depth may be an issue , so maybe that's where the 9 players idea came from? When Wolves had a very close shave with relegation they didn't learn the lessons and went down rather pathetically the next year ... hopefully Mr Peace can look at that and learn from their mistakes.

1877,

We haven't got players milking our club who would rather be elsewhere but nobody will pay what your club pay them. Keep a weather eye out for F.F.P.D., they have already started collecting fines and dishing out handicaps ask Manchester City.

Gorra loff ay ya.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

chris.hickman.7792

Noooooooooooooooooo

Jim Baggie of Bromham

I wish the E&S had a rating system for comments. All of the above would get a green arrow (that's good) from me, apart from the groan arrow for CR78.

superwestbrom

He wud suit garlick and peace the cape crusaders down to the ground a yes man who wud make do with loans and freebies. Anyone with any ambition need not apply.

rings123

how about Gary Megson ooop silly me he not a yes man maybe change of chairman the guy from hull could take over as he cant change the name to Hull Tigers and he would fit in with the shirt change and we could play in gold and black stripes well I the express and star can be daft so can I

beaconwolf

E&S must be up to their old stirring tricks to run a story like this.Brian McDermott must be the most boring unispiring manager ever to set foot in a dug out.The bloke is totally out of his depth in the championship,never mind the Prem.He had one lucky season with Reading,and now there are ludicrous stories about him taking over at a higher level.

Tim Sherwood is the man,if you can get him.Been treated with utter disrespect by Daniel Levy at Spurs,but tbh not sure if Jeremy Peace is that much better.

Wednesbury Baggie

Good managers cost money, and we all know how Peace is as tight as a duck's arse. McDermott would suit Peace as he'd be cheap.

Northern Wolf

Actually he did a really good job at Reading over a number of years both as a coach and as Manager. At Leeds they love him because he has done a remarkable job at a bankrupt club where any player who strings together more than 5 decent performances gets sold. He even had the good sense to turn down our job when M&M were handing out hospital passes left, right & centre. Very much from the same sort of mould as KJ - and lets be honest, most of us who are delighted now were less than impressed with us hiring such a "dull & uninspiring" bloke. He may not be the right bloke for the Boggies, but that doesn't mean he is not a top manager

Jack the Hat

Northern,

Brian McDermott has done a bostin job at both Leeds and Reading. Can you inform me of what those clubs have attained with him in charge of their squads. You say " At Leeds they love him ", Real Betis fans love Pepe Mel just as we do, so your point is?.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Jack the Hat

I'm going for my cousin Jack Frost, as he will put the freeze on transfers and save us money.

L☺Ls.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

The Real Bully Hoo.

I think we should only be taking coaches as serious suggestions unless the club decides to change direction.

I agree with Ian Rafferty, we probably need to look outside the box. I also agree that a foreign coach might work if he speaks good English, which seems to have been one of the stumbling blocks with Pep.

I know I'll get some stick but if we're thinking British how about Glenn Hoddle? Did well at Swindon, Chelsea and for England. The only blot on his CV being at the managers graveyard. He would certainly have the players respect in the 'been there and done it' stakes and there is the fact that I'm sure he feels he has something to prove. He would also probably be willing to keep the coaches on. And finally it would be fairly amusing if he came here and was successful.

Wednesbury Baggie

I agree, I'd love to see Glenn Hoddle at the club as I think he'd be a good fit with the squad. As you said, he's got the experience so the players might take to that. He's English, so there'd be no language barrier and more importantly, he knows the league, despite being away from it for a number of years.

The View From Baggy Bottom

TRBH

Not such a daft suggestion. Last time we were looking for a head coach,( all those many moons ago), I thought about suggesting Steve Mc.Clarren, the brolly man, but I didn't have the bottle because I knew I would have been shot down in flames. Turns out it might not have been such a bad choice after all. Derby are now flying.

So, Glen Hoddle? I could live with that!!

Boing Boing!! TVFB♥B

The Real Bully Hoo.

VFBB.

Funny you should say that and not wanting to sound smug but I actually mentioned McLaren before Steve Clarke was appointed. Now be ready for this because you'll find it hard to credit but I did actually receive some ribald comments on here for it as the umbrella man episode was still in people's minds.

He's done wonders at Derby with more or less the same squad that Nigel Clough had, no big names just a hard working team knowing what there jobs are. What people forget is that managers and coaches make mistakes and the good ones learn from them.

I'd go as far as to say that if I had a choice of anybody at the moment, he would be top of my list. Who knows if Derby lose at the weekend?

The View From Baggy Bottom

TRBH,

Nigel Clough? now there's a thought!!

Joking, only joking.Honest!!

Boing Boing!!

Jack the Hat

Bully, good choice mate, mind you wolves players had the same problem with Glen as ours had with Pepe Mel, They didn't understand him, especially when he talked football tactics and not because of any language barrier.

Gorra loff ay ya.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

baggiebornandbred

im trying ro be positive but i cant be, we sign a manager with pride and ambission and he shows to much ambission and leaves when he realises there isnt any, what confuses me is managers today by into the vision of the club whats ours? we want to sustain midtable premier league football with no money and constant frustration? that isnt a project or a vision for any manager to by into

brain mcdermott lead leeds to a mid table finish in the championship so what will make him the manager to push us forward in the premier league? if we dont appoint the right guy were startong next season with a few of this seasons players and a few lads out the reserves because no player will come and play for a club with no vision

PaigntonBaggie

Houghton. .. McDermott. .. I see we're aiming high then ?????

Hopefully it's all just the usual lazy journalism and Peace has a couple of decent candidates in mind.

McInnes will be Albion manager one day, (unless he bypasses us to go straight to bigger club), not sure if this is right time though, but we could certainly do a lot worse, and he would immediately get fans support.

Lap dog and players chum Keith Downing definitely needs to go though?

We Only Need One Half!

If it hadn't been for that 'lap dog' as you so disparagingly call him steadying the ship after the club knee jerked we wouldn't still be in the Prem, you should show him some respect.

wewearstripeswba

Uwe Rosler should be on the shortlist.

Great job at Brentford working with a Director Of Football and has done very well at Wigan when he took over.

Plays good football but would imagine he takes no prisoners and obviously these players need to be kept in line.

The treatment of Pepe shows they will use kindness as a sign of weaknesses so they need a disciplinarian.

We Only Need One Half!

Cant believe someone has the cheek to put imHo, makes me feel quite ill.

KP2015

Why is McDermott even in the frame? One short/unsuccessful stint in the Premier League and getting Leeds to 15th in the Championship isn't the best CV out there. This would be a totally uninspring appointment. If this happens on the back of the season we've just had I can see season ticket sales being well down on last year. Moyes or MacKay for me.

The Real Bully Hoo.

He's in the frame like all the others because the bookies know that some mug punter will throw his money away on him. Bookies aren't daft and start these rushes in the odds themselves to make it look as if somebody has a bit of insider knowledge.

Talking of which, Genuine Inside Man, WHERE ARE YOU????????

BURNLEY BAGGIE

Sherwood is now available on a free just sacked at Spurs

BB,

brilliant!!

The Baggies curse strikes again!!

We don't even have to beat other clubs now to get their Managers sacked, we just have to be linked to them in the media, and they're gonnas.......:-)

Burnley.

I've just followed him off Junction 2, he drove straight to Matalan and bought a white gilet with a thin blue stripe in it. Might be nothing but you heard it here first.

The Real Bully Hoo.

That one's me but not the one before. Just in case anybody wants to press the abuse button. TRBH.

CantelloRocket 78

The one before's me, but not the one after-

is that clear as mud.....??

Have the E&S gone all 'Ryan Giggs' an' took out legal anon.... anony..... anonynim......

can't say who we am......??

The Real Bully Hoo.

And he's never wrong.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Perhaps it's their way of getting rid of us a bit at a time, after all somebody's told me I'm on the death list.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Rocket.

I think they're taking the Mick now they've put my last two posts up the wrong way round.

If it was deliberate well done E&S, like we said yesterday, we need a bit more humour on here.

wba-man

Please God no, not this useless slaphead. Show some ambition for once. If Moyes is too unrealistic let's go for Laudrup. Great manager and a great barnet!

The View From Baggy Bottom

Great Dane, so probably a better replacement for KJ.

Boing Boing!!

BURNLEY BAGGIE

wba-man

Could you imagine the press conference when Garlic issues the club statement "We spoke to many candidates over the last few weeks all with fantastic CV's but the moment we met Michael and actually saw his hair we all knew he was the one for us. The cut was perfect with not a hair out of place. His style of hair will demand respect from the players and hopefully rub off on a few of them.

We are also pleased to announce that with Michael on board Vidal Sassoon will be the new club sponsor for the coming season.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Burnley.

I don't think he'd get a good reception from some of our fans, follicle envy could rear it's ugly head.

wba-man

LOL! Nice one, BB.

BrierleyHillOriginalBaggie

Only a thought but Ray Wilkins?

English, been there, seen it, done it, respected

BURNLEY BAGGIE

I wanted Wilkins when we got Pepe, not many on here agreed with me.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Sory Burnley, still don't.

Cyril

I'd have Wilkins on ONE condition. We put the goals at the Halfords and East Stand ends. Oh work it out !

Kev in Mallorca

O'well r'may as well apply, at least we'ed all be smilin' next season!!!!!!

Adeu

simmo54

Kev

You could certainly easily fit into the asylum or circus or both that we currently have as a football club. I've seen you now LOL

Kev in Mallorca

Simmo

Yo might be right the'a!!

Adeu

simmo54

How about Tony Pulis??

Before you dive for your keyboards to lambast me - listen to the reasoning:-

1. Fab job done at Palace - gets the passion from his players and fans

2. Not signed a new contract as yet.

3. Tom Ross reckons he would welcome a return to the midlands.

4. Palace played football at pace and could mix it - so forget the hoof and Rory Delap long throw from Stoke and in his final year he was changing their style to which Sparky has benefitted.

I don't particularly like him as person but I would love to see us winning and having passion coursing through our veins.

Now do your worst :-)

The Real Bully Hoo.

And think of all the penalties we'd get Simmo, not to be sneezed at.

Just watching the news and the people that Baggies fans are suggesting make Pulis sound not half as bad.

simmo54

Bully

I know what you mean

capehill

Sorry simmo , its a no from me.

TRBH please stop winding up that poor bloke.

simmo54

Capehill

That's what i love about football and these posts the differing opinions. At least I put my reasons behind a name rather than pluck a name out of the air and suggest it LOL

The Real Bully Hoo.

Capey.

Sorry mate, I've just written out 100 lines, 'I will only talk about football.' Even if I know b****r all about it.

CantelloRocket 78

Last time we had this situation, there must've been 25-30 names in the frame, but we ended up with a guy none of us knew-

with the appointment of Terry Burton, you just KNOW this time it's gonna be a steady, safe, experienced guy, that the players will respect and respond to.

Several names come to mind, but whoever's chosen, we must prepare for a target of mid-table, with little in the way of fireworks-

maybe not so inspiring for us fans, but it's all about gradually climbing back up that hill.......

capehill

TRBH, its just that I can still hear DO shouting