West Brom turn attention to Wigan boss Leam Richardson - Sources

By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

11th Oct, 2022 | 1:03pm

Sources: West Brom turn attention to Wigan boss Leam Richardson

Wigan Athletic boss Leam Richardson is in the frame for the West Brom manager’s job, sources have told Football Insider.

The Baggies are searching for a new manager following the sacking of Steve Bruce after a disastrous start to the season.

Richardson, 42, is believed to have admirers in the West Brom boardroom after impressing at Wigan.

He guided the Latics to promotion back to the Championship last season and they are five points ahead of the west Midlands club this term despite having a far smaller budget.

Richardson has forged a high-profile managerial career of his own at the Manchester club after originally joining as assistant manager to Paul Cook.

He has won 51 of his 109 matches in charge of Wigan to date, amassing 1.62 points per game.

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The former Accrington left-back has under two years left to run on his contract at the DW Stadium.

West Brom parted company with Bruce on Monday (10 October) after a dismal start to the season which sees the Baggies marooned in the bottom three of the Championship.

Bruce’s backroom staff have also departed The Hawthorns and Under-21 coach Richard Beale has been appointed interim boss.

West Brom, who finished 10th in the Championship last term after relegation from the Premier League a season earlier, spent modestly in the summer window.

Jayson Molumby and Brandon Thomas-Asante signed for a combined reported fee of £1.2million – while experienced stars Okay Yokuslu, John Swift, Jed Wallace, Martin Kelly, Tom Rogic, and Erik Pieters joined on free transfers.

West Brom face tests against high-flying Reading and 18th-place Bristol City in the next seven days.

Meanwhile, Richardson is set to take charge of the Latics’ game against Blackburn on Tuesday (11 October).

In other news, Kieran Maguire claims West Brom are poised to reap rewards after private Rick Parry talks.