Would West Brom be a better job for Derek McInnes than Rangers?

Rangers fans arrive prior to the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round match between Rangers and Progres Niederkorn at the Ibrox Stadium on June 29, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Derek McInnes was favourite to take over at Rangers but is now being tipped to move to West Brom.

WBA manager Tony Pulis reacts during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at The Hawthorns on November 18, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

Precisely no one would have been surprised to learn that Tony Pulis’ three year reign at West Brom came to an end on Monday.

In fact, the Welshman’s sacking has come to look a little overdue – certainly in the eyes of Baggies supporters who have been forced to endure a miserable run of two wins in 21 not to mention some of the most unadventurous football in the Premier League.

But Pulis’ departure after Saturday’s 4-0 home defeat to Chelsea could have serious ramifications for Rangers too. Because the Daily Record report that Rangers’ first-choice managerial target, Derek McInnes, is now being lined up for a return to The Hawthorns.

Derek McInnes Manager of Aberdeen during the Brechin City v Aberdeen - Pre Season Friendly, at Glebe Park on July 23, 2017 in Brechin, Scotland.

It is understood that former West Brom skipper McInnes is highly thought of by the West Brom board after leading Aberdeen to successive second place finishes in Scotland’s top flight.

And while Rangers fans could justifiably argue that the manager’s position at one of Europe’s most successful clubs carries more weight, you wonder whether West Brom may be more suited to a manager who, at the age of 45, still falls slightly on the inexperienced side.

Derek McInnes Manager of Aberdeen during the Brechin City v Aberdeen - Pre Season Friendly, at Glebe Park on July 23, 2017 in Brechin, Scotland.

After all, West Brom fans are not exactly clamouring for their club to challenge the established elite at the top of the Premier League. Pulis led West Brom to only their second top ten Premier League finish last season but it was the style of football that got supporters’ backs up.

If McInnes can instil a more fluid, attacking style, he will immediately be in credit with the fans - who aren't exactly making unrealistic demands.

At Rangers, however, McInnes would have to manage huge expectations while attempting to close the gap to Old Firm rivals Celtic. It’s not so much an impossible job but certainly a very difficult one – a job with more to gain than at West Brom but with targets far more difficult to achieve.

 

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