Former Juventus, Inter Milan and Chelsea boss set to take over at the Hawthorns.
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Claudio Ranieri and Ray Wilkins in talks with West Brom
West Brom have had talks with Claudio Ranieri and Ray Wilkins about succeeding Roy Hodgson as manager.
Former Chelsea boss Ranieri has met with Albion chairman Jeremy Peace and the club’s sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth.
The Baggies have also been in contact with Wilkins, who has had two spells as caretaker manager at Chelsea.
Birmingham boss Chris Hughton has been linked with the vacancy, which arose after Hodgson took charge of England.
Ranieri, 60, was in charge at Stamford Bridge between September 2000 and June 2004.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Without meaning any disrespect to West Brom, who have done wonderfully well to cement their place in, or around, the top half of the Premier League on a fairly tight budget, but it would be something of a surprise for the Baggies to appoint a manager of Claudio Ranieri as their next boss. Indeed if Jeremy Peace pulls off such an appointment then it would be a sign of the upward trajectory of the Hawthorns outfit.
Ranieri guided Chelsea to two top four finishes in his four seasons in charge at Stamford Bridge but has not had a great deal of luck since he left West London. An average display at Valencia led to the sack but the ‘tinker-man’ did enjoy two good seasons at Juventus, during which he guided the Turin side to 3rd and 2nd place finishes.
He was then harshly axed by Roma before he, like many others, failed to make an impact at an Inter Milan side clearly in a period of transition before he was sacked in March.