It’s only a month since Ronald Koeman was sacked by Everton after a dismal start to the season that left a Toffees side who had spent £140 million in the summer mired in the relegation zone.
But, according to Jim White on talkSPORT, broadcast at 10am, the out-of-work Dutchman had already been lined up for a return to management in the Premier League.
White states that West Brom, who sacked Tony Pulis on Monday after a similarly disastrous run of two wins in 21 games, were planning to make an approach to Koeman – but any move now looks unlikely with the former Southampton boss wanting to take some time out of the game.
“If he had shown an interest in going back into football right now, the club would have taken steps to speak with Ronald Koeman,” White said.
“But Koeman displayed no desire to get back into football right now so nothing is organised in terms of a meeting with him.”
Prior to that awful run at Goodison Park, Koeman was viewed as one of the most impressive coaches in English football. He lead Southampton to seventh and sixth in two seasons on the South Coast while playing an aggressive and attacking style that frustrated Saints fans would snatch your hand off for right now.
And Koeman’s first season at Everton was largely seen as a success, finishing seventh to seemingly provide a platform for The Toffees to force their way into the established elite in the coming years.
The Dutchman, then, probably would have been a popular and forward-thinking appointment for a West Brom side who have stagnated of late.