Ray Wilkins explains what happened when he interviewed for the Baggies job

West Brom - The Hawthorns

The Aston Villa coach once interviewed to become West Brom boss.

Aston Villa coach Ray Wilkins says he interviewed with Jeremy Peace and Dan Ashworth to become West Brom manager before Steve Clarke was given the job at the Hawthorns, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Clarke went on to enjoy an initially successful spell at West Brom but one that turned sour relatively quickly, with Peace eventually parting company with the Scot despite a good opening season at the Midlands club.

Wilkins, though, could have been in the hot seat instead of Clarke, having been interviewed by the Baggies hierarchy.

He wasn't West Brom's preferred candidate and the roles he has since taken up have ultimately resulted in him joining Tim Sherwood's coaching staff at Villa Park this season.

The Aston Villa assistant is quoted as saying by the Birmingham Mail: "I went and had a chat with Jeremy Peace and Dan Ashworth and there was one other finance guy in there as well. They were very pleasantly placed around the table so I couldn’t get them in my eyeline too much!

"I sussed it (as he drags his chair back) so I couldn’t get too close and I had each of them in my eyeline but in the end they chose Steve."

Wilkins' comments are well timed, of course, as Aston Villa host West Brom in the Premier League this Saturday afternoon.

Villa Park will see the first of two such derbies this season at 3pm on Saturday, with both sides sitting in the bottom six after their first five league fixtures. Who'll come out on top?

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