Amongst all the news and reaction regarding Roy Hodgson's World Cup announcement, West Brom revealed that they had parted company with manager Pepe Mel after a four month stay at The Hawthorns.
Mel's job never seemed completely secure and there was even talk that he could be leaving the club after just a month in charge. They took their time to get their man following a long interviewing process after the sacking of Steve Clarke, but they will once again be on the lookout for a new manager this summer.
Sporting and Technical Director Richard Garlick said "The search for a new Head Coach has now begun. We aim to find the most suitable candidate who, with the support of the structure we have had in place for six years and are presently strengthening, will enable the Club to be more competitive next season.”
With that in mind here are five candidates who could find themselves in the West Brom hot seat for the start of next season's Premier League:
Sherwood has had a rough time as manager of Tottenham Hotspur this season. Even though he was handed an 18-month contract it never really looked as if he would make it into the next campaign. Despite having the best win percentage of any Spurs manager with 59% there has been constant speculation about a new manager throughout Sherwood's tenure. However he has brought a fresh approach to the league with his honest interviews and attacking tactics. He has proven himself in this league and when he becomes available as expected he will be at the top of many club's wish lists.
Had a good start to his debut season in the Premier League with Cardiff City and at the time of his sacking they were out of the relegation zone. Problems with the chairman and the board led to his sacking but it wasn't deserved. Has already been linked with numerous jobs including Norwich City but would like another crack in the Premier League. A young manager with a great track record, The Baggies could do a lot worse.
There is going to be a sense of trepidation with any club thinking about appointing David Moyes following his spell at Manchester United, but he hasn't suddenly become an awful manager within a season. Moyes is still respected in the game and would be keen to get back into management and try and erase the bad patch from his career. Did a great job at Everton let us not forget, and could be the man to take West Brom to the next level. There may be unwanted media attention with his appointment however.
Jol of course spent two years of his playing career at West Brom and knows the league well having spent over five years in charge of Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham collectively. His time at Fulham ended badly but even Rene Meulensteen and Felix Magath couldn't stop their slide to the Championship. Having an affiliation with the club could help, and Jol has great contacts within the game which could help attract some top players to the club.
Worked wonders at Swansea City before his departure and could be the route that The Baggies want to go down. The appointment of Mel showed they wanted a fresh approach with the hope that a European manager could bring in tactics from La Liga to propel the club forward. Another manager who has great contacts within the game and Laudrup will be disappointed with the way his tenure at Swansea finished. Would be keen to prove his worth in the Premier League once more.