One candidate steps forward, one steps back in West Brom boss hunt

Date published: Tuesday 21st November 2017 4:14

Former Brighton boss Oscar Garcia is interested in the West Brom job.

The 44-year-old left St Etienne last week and is keen to replace the sacked Tony Pulis, Press Association Sport understands.

Albion ideally want a manager with Premier League experience but Garcia has thrown his hat into the ring at The Hawthorns regardless.

Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew have also been linked to the role with assistant head coach Gary Megson currently in temporary charge.

Garcia guided Brighton to the Sky Bet Championship play-offs in 2014 before leaving the Seagulls and lasted just 27 days at Watford later that year, stepping down because of ill health.

He left St Etienne last week after just five months in charge with the club sixth in Ligue 1, 14 points behind leader Paris Saint-Germain.

Garcia also won the Austrian Bundesliga twice and two Austrian Cups during a two-year spell with Red Bull Salzburg.

West Brom go to Tottenham on Saturday just a point above the relegation zone after a 4-0 defeat to Chelsea ended Pulis’ reign.

Albion had won just twice in their previous 21 games and the fans had called for Pulis to go but Megson denied the former manager had lost the support of the players.

“No. That’s a bit of misnomer – lost the dressing room,” he said. “When you’re the manager of a football club there’s always some players that aren’t being picked.

“They’re not as happy as the ones that are being picked. Such is life and you can’t really get away from that.

“No one is happy about the situation we’re in. Tony’s done a fantastic job here and other clubs he’s been at in the past and he’s a friend of mine.

“It’s not nice talking about what we’ve talked about in this last 48 hours.”

Megson though did say though that the permanent position does not interest him.

“I never asked how long, I will just keep going. I haven’t thought about the job. We decided I would take over for 24 hours, or however long it is,” added Megson.

“It’s not something I particularly want to do and I haven’t given that any thought.”

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