Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has emerged as the clear favourite to be appointed as Pepe Mel’s successor at West Bromwich Albion.
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He may have been largely derided for his style of management at White Hart Lane, but sacked Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood is all set for a swift return to football management, according to the Express and Star.
The likes of assistant boss Paul Downing and experienced Dutchman Dick Advocaat had been linked with the vacant post at the Hawthorns, but it is thought that the West Brom board were particularly impressed by the interview given by Sherwood.
The 2013/14 season was a tumultuous one at the Hawthorns, as Pepe Mel struggled to impose himself on the squad after the shock sacking of Steve Clarke, with the language barrier and disagreements over tactics being frequently referred to by the press.
It came as no surprise when the former Real Betis manager moved on at the end of the season, but the Baggies were left with no clear successor and their reputation as considered operators behind the scenes diminished.
Sherwood would seem to be a sensible solution, with West Brom having achieved success with pragmatic British managers in the past, Clarke and Roy Hodgson amongst them.
However, both of those built their reigns upon the basis of a solid defence, something which Sherwood failed to make materialise at notoriously flaky Tottenham, although they did continue to score plenty of goals.
He has also been credited with nurturing a number of talented young players at White Hart Lane, something that may impress the West Brom board considering the emergence of the likes of Saido Berahino and George Thorne at the Hawthorns.