West Bromwich Albion finally took the decision to sack Steve Bruce on Monday morning, a decision that has arguably been a long time coming.
Who Albion turn to next will be intriguing, with speculation linking a number of managers with the vacancy at the Hawthorns.
What’s the word?
Roy Keane has emerged as one of the early favourites to be handed the job while Football League World has since claimed that Chris Wilder and Scott Parker are being considered by the Baggies hierarchy.
That said, none of the aforementioned trio are thought to be the club’s number one target. That’s according to Chris Lepkowski who took to Twitter on Monday morning to reveal who that individual would be.
He said: “Dyche will be No1 target. If he wants it (and FWIW, I think he could be convinced, given dearth of PL roles) I’d say there is a strong chance.”
Miles better than Wilder
It is not surprising to see why the former Burnley boss would be West Brom’s desired choice should he be interested in coming to the Midlands.
Indeed, Dyche has a desirable CV and even if he was eventually sacked by the Clarets, he achieved something that Albion have been missing for a number of years now; stability.
Having accomplished promotion with Burnley all the way back in 2015/16, he managed to stabilise them as a top-flight club, albeit not at the first time of asking. Dyche’s men would immediately face the drop after one season in the big time but bounced back straightaway before embarking on six consecutive campaigns in the Premier League.
West Brom haven’t achieved such a thing for over five years now, when the Hawthorns outfit had eight successive seasons in bed with the country’s elite.
Left to yo-yo between the top-tier and second division of late, it’s evident they have lacked consistency and reliability, something that Dyche would be able to bring to the club.
What should also be attractive for West Brom is his ability to work on a shoestring budget, engineering Burnley’s success without spending more than £45m on new players in a single season, despite the riches that come with Premier League life.
This should all mean a great big tick next to Dyche’s name, especially if he is to fight Wilder for the job.
The 55-year-old was relieved of his duties just last week by Middlesbrough with the Teessiders just a place above West Brom with two points more.
Also relegated with Sheffield United after two terms in the Premier League, he was never quite able to replicate the longevity of Dyche at England’s top table despite a unique and distinct play style.
They were quickly found out by the opposition and he was unable to change his tactics sufficiently to keep them in the division. On the other hand, the ex-Clarets tactician also has quite a particular way of playing, but it was far more successful in the Premier League.
It was also a nightmare to play against for some of the top teams, meaning Burnley were incredibly tough opposition on their day.
Although he has no recent experience of coaching in the Championship, the higher-ups at the Hawthorns must have their eyes on someone who would also be adept at the top level, with Dyche appearing to be something of a perfect long-term fit for their top-flight ambitions when compared to Wilder.