Former West Bromwich Albion player Steve Bull has been sharing his thoughts on the possibility of Michael Appleton replacing current Baggies manager Sam Allardyce this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, Bull was asked whether or not he thinks the Midlands club should look to hire Appleton, who has been mentioned with the job in the past, to replace Allardyce if he were to leave the Baggies this summer.
In response, Bull had this to say on the matter.
He said: “I think it’s a big job because when you go to the Premier League you’ve got to have a known name or somebody who’s been there before.
“So, I wouldn’t go for Appleton, I’d rather stick with Sam than bring somebody in from the lower leagues.”
Allardyce was appointed at the Midlands club back in December on an 18-month contract after Slaven Bilic was dismissed as a result of West Brom’s poor start to the current league campaign.
With nine league games left to play this season, West Brom are currently sat in 19th place in the table on 18 points, 10 points away from safety (per BBC Sport)
TIF Thoughts on Steve Bull’s comments on Appleton…
Taking into how Appleton has worked at West Brom before in a coaching role around the senior side and the youth teams, this could potentially put him in a good position to become their new manager if Allardyce was to leave in the summer.
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However, with Appleton not having taken charge of a Premier League club as their main manager on a permanent basis in his career, it’s understandable why Bull has some doubts over his suitability to be West Brom’s new potential manager.
In our view, the club should wait and see how the season ends and what Allardyce wants to do before thinking about their next manager.