Baggies' search for new boss in chaos after technical director leaves

West Brom’s search for a new manager is plunged into chaos after technical director Luke Dowling leaves… with chief executive Xu Ke now in charge of finding someone to fill the managerial hotseat

  • The search for Sam Allardyce’s successor has been fraught with difficulties
  • Luke Dowling had identified Chris Wilder – but a move for him was blocked
  • Ex-Huddersfield boss David Wagner rejected the role and is now at Young Boys
  • Chief executive Xu Ke has now taken over the managerial search from Dowling
  • West Brom are likely to sell Sam Johnstone and Matheus Pereira after relegation 

West Bromwich Albion’s search for a new manager has descended into chaos with the departure of technical director Luke Dowling.

Albion’s hunt for a successor to Sam Allardyce has hit numerous setbacks since the club were relegated from the Premier League, with Dowling’s exit ‘by mutual consent’ announced in a short statement on the official website.

Dowling had been tasked with finding Allardyce’s replacement and had identified former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder, only for club owner Guochuan Lai to block the appointment.  

Luke Dowling (left) has left the club to put West Brom’s managerial search in complete disarray

Sam Allardyce replaced Slaven Bilic last December but was unable to keep the Baggies up

Dowling identified Chris Wilder – but the move was blocked by Baggies owner Guochuan Lai

West Brom were then turned down by former Huddersfield manager David Wagner.

Chief executive Xu Ke – known throughout the club as Ken – has now taken over the search, with the players due to return for pre-season in early July.

Albion dropped out of the top flight after a single season but should have been well-placed for an immediate return. 

Ex-Huddersfield boss David Wagner also turned West Brom down and is now at Young Boys

Chief executive Xu Ke has taken over the managerial search following Dowling’s departure

Sam Johnstone and Matheus Pereira are likely to leave following Premier League relegation

They were expected to keep the bulk of their squad together – although goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and playmaker Matheus Pereira are likely to be sold – for a crack at a second promotion in three seasons.

But their difficulties in finding a man to lead that campaign risk undermining it before it has even begun, as Dowling would also have had a significant role in the club’s summer recruitment campaign.

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