West Bromwich Albion journalist and podcaster Chris Lepkowski has claimed that current Aston Villa assistant coach John Terry could be in the running to replace current Baggies boss Sam Allardyce should he leave the club at the end of the current season.
This comes after Lepkowski recently co-hosted the latest episode of West Brom-themed podcast The Liquidator where he discussed a range of topics concerning the Midlands club.
On the subject of Allardyce’s potential exit should he fail to keep West Brom in the Premier League this season and who the potential candidates could be to come in and replace him, Lepkowski feels that the links between his brother – and Baggies loan manager – Paul and sporting director Luke Dowling could lead to him being appointed at The Hawthorns.
He said: “There is a link there with Dowling and he wouldn’t be somebody that I would necessarily rule out.
“I mean, he’s not somebody I would want at all, far from it – and we’ve had this discussion before – but I really wouldn’t rule out him being a potential manager of ours in the future while Dowling is at the club.”
West Brom started the current season with Slaven Bilic in charge of the club but was ultimately sacked in December due to a poor start to their campaign, leading to Allardyce being hired on an 18-month deal to replace him.
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West Brom are currently stuck in 19th place in the Premier League table on 18 points with just nine league games left to play (per BBC Sport).
Considering how Terry has seen Villa come from out of the Championship, to avoiding relegation last season to a current mid-table position in the Premier League, this shows that he has picked up some significant experience in a coaching role alongside Smith since his appointment.
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However, if Allardyce were to leave the Baggies this summer, the fact that Terry has yet to fully take charge of a senior team on his own could cast some doubts over whether or not West Brom would see him as suitable candidate to take the club forward.