West Brom are ready to pull off a surprise twist and delay the appointment of a new manager despite holding regular talks with Slavisa Jokanovic over the vacant position, according to the Daily Mail.
The newspaper claim on their website that the Baggies have been advancing in negotiations with the Serbian boss to take over from Darren Moore, with a £1.5million – or £28,800-a-week – wage demand from the former Fulham boss, as James Shan takes a caretaker role in charge.
However, after two successive victories and clean sheets, it is stated that the Hawthorns outfit could take the surprise decision to keep the coach in the dugout and wait before bringing someone new through the door.
This is a risky game that the Baggies are playing and one which they will be hoping does not backfire in their faces. Moore of course was a caretaker manager before becoming the permanent figure in the Hawthorns dugout and it seems Shan is following in his former manager’s footsteps – but is it the right decision? What does Shan have that Jokanovic does not? Perhaps an understanding of the workings of the current squad and how they work best together, having been part of the coaching staff all season. However, the Serbian’s experience of navigating his way through the Championship and into the Premier League, is surely not worth ignoring all for the sake of keeping Shan in charge. The pair together could work in tandem to provide what the West Brom chiefs want this season and they would then have an experienced and proven manager in the dugout for the foreseeable future. Shan might have impressed so far, but what happens when the going gets tough, as was the case with Moore?