West Brom are searching for a new manager following the dismissal of Steve Clarke, with Mike Phelan and Michael Appleton the latest names linked.
Former Manchester United assistant manager Phelan is given huge praise for his work under the stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson, and may be ready to be replicate Clarke's rise to management.
Appleton, previously West Brom assistant when Roy Hodgson was in charge, is also said to be held in high regard by Baggies owner Jeremy Peace.
One factor that may count against him however is his inability to settle down in management, having three managerial jobs since 2011.
Peace acted ruthlessly to place Steve Clarke on gardening leave after their 1-0 loss to Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon, waiting for the team bus as it returned from the Welsh capital.
Although shocking outsiders, pressure was building on the former Chelsea assistant after a run of one win in 12 games. The Scot left West Brom in 16th place, and spoke of his regret:
"I believe I have unfinished business, so it is with deep regret that I was relieved of my duties.
"Going into this season expectations were high, perhaps unrealistically so, but with it still being only our fourth consecutive season in the top flight, our primary objective had to be establishing our status in the Barclays Premier League.
"I was, and remain convinced that we were well placed to achieve this aim."
Caretaker manager Keith Downing may remain in charge over the Christmas period, with games coming thick and fast.
Despite Clarke's sacking, West Brom appeared to partly blame referees for their recent lack of form, and even took to writing to the FA, requesting the use of video evidence.
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