A month after Everton sacked Ronald Koeman (above), few expected David Unsworth to still be leading the team out as caretaker manager. As it stands, it appears we are no closer to finding out who will take the reins on a permanent basis at Goodison Park.
In stark contrast, however, West Brom have acted quickly and decisively. Tony Pulis’ three year spell at The Hawthorns was brought to an end on Monday after a 4-0 home defeat to Chelsea made it just two wins in 21 games.
Just two days later, The Independent reports that Alan Pardew is already set to be interviewed ahead of a possible return to management at West Brom. The former Newcastle United boss has been out of work since being sacked by Crystal Palace 11 months ago and possesses the Premier League experience the Baggies board are looking for.
But, in the eyes of Ray Wilkins, if The Baggies are looking for a homegrown manager who knows the top flight like the back of his hand, it seems a little unfair that Tim Sherwood is not in contention.
“I think Tim has a lot to offer, I had the pleasure of working with him for about seven months (as a coach at Aston Villa),” Wilkins told talkSPORT on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, broadcast on 23rd November, 6pm. “I was very impressed with his coaching style, he’s a good man manager. I think if he gets another opportunity he’ll do really well.
“He did a very good job with Tottenham and he kept Aston Villa up.”
Sherwood has perhaps been unjustifiably pilloried by fans and the media alike, that old ‘Tactics Tim’ moniker hardly doing his reputation as one of England’s brightest young coaches much good.
It must be remembered, however, that he did galvanise a Spurs side that had collapsed under Andre Villas Boas when taking over in December 2013, leading them to sixth place.
And he took Aston Villa to the FA Cup final in 2015, a year before they finished bottom of the Premier League.