The newspaper claimed in their print edition [page 69, January 20] that the Toffees want Hopcroft to take up a similar senior role at Goodison Park after Martin Waldron lost his job at the Merseyside club last year.
According to the Telegraph, Waldron was suspended by Everton after he was accused of tapping up a Cardiff City schoolboy who now plays for Manchester United.
West Brom fans may not know too much about Hopcroft, but his work at the club over the last few years has been impeccable. Albion supporters may not be happy with the way that recent first team managers have overlooked players from the club’s youth system, but go back several years and no one would be calling for any younger players to make the step up to the senior side. West Brom’s youth development has been one of the best in the Midlands lately. Rekeem Harper, Jonathan Leko and Sam Field were all the squad that drew 1-1 with Norwich last week and then you have other promising youngsters like Morgan Rogers and Kyle Edwards are ones to keep an eye on over the coming years. It would be a major blow for the Baggies to lose Hopcroft so it is no wonder why Everton want to hire the senior man.