According to a report from The Sun, West Brom have already held preliminary talks with Alan Pardew about the former Newcastle and Crystal Palace boss becoming the man to succeed Tony Pulis at The Hawthorns.
The Baggies sacked Pulis on Monday just a couple of days after they suffered their sixth league defeat of the season as they were dispatched 4-0 at home by Chelsea to leave them just one place and one point above the bottom three in the Premier League.
And it appears that they are not planning to waste any time in their pursuit of his successor, with The Sun reporting that the club's director of football Nicky Hammond has already spoken to Pardew about the job.
The Sun adds that Pardew - who left the Eagles last season - is interested in taking the job at The Hawthorns and feels that they have all the tools they need to keep themselves out of trouble this season.
Though Pardew's tenure at Selhurst Park did not end on the best note, he did previously steer them away from trouble after arriving when they were in danger and, of course, boasts plenty of Premier League experience.
It may perhaps not be the most inspired of appointments if Pardew ends up getting the job, but it is perhaps not the right time to take a gamble on a much more unproven manager when the side are in such a precarious position.