Patrick Kluivert surprise contender for West Brom jobby Jack Kitson / 13 April 2018, 10:52Tweet
Patrick Kluivert has burst into the frame to become the next manager of West Brom.
A week ago Kluivert was hovering on the outskirts of the market out at 25/1, but then late on Thursday night the Dutch legend was cut to just 3/1 (Bet Victor), propelling the former Barcelona striker to the top of the betting alongside the now unemployed former Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy.
McCarthy, Dean Smith, Craig Shakespeare and Derek McInnes have all been hotly linked with the Premier League’s basement outfit since the sacking of Alan Pardew at the start of the month, while the club’s popular caretaker boss Darren Moore represents a juicy 33/1 shot to turn his temporary role into a permanent position.
Earlier in the week West Brom sacked technical director Nick Hammond - the man who helped bring Pardew to the club - and replaced him with the former Italy goalkeeper Giuliano Terraneo who will be tasked with appointing a new manager, with Kluivert emerging as the new favourite for the job following the Italian's appointment.
Patrick Kluivert has become the latest boss to burst into the betting for the West Brom vacancy (3/1).— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) April 13, 2018
The Dutch legend previously had an interview with Oxford lined-up, but couldn't be bothered to catch the flight. pic.twitter.com/58dgum9TAV
Kluivert enjoyed a stellar playing career during which he won league titles with Barcelona, PSV and Ajax, plus the Champions League with the latter. Meanwhile, he was part of the Netherlands side that finished fourth at the 1998 World Cup.
Kluivert has since held various coaching and assistant manager roles at Dutch sides AZ Alkmaar, N.E.C., FC Twente - he led the club’s youth team to glory in the Beloften Eredivisie - the Ajax youth teams, Australian outfit Brisbane Roar, and the Netherlands national team under Louis van Gaal.
Kluivert ventured solo in 2015 with the Curacao national team. He took the country to their best showing in World Cup qualification, before helping the Caribbean island progress through to both the 2017 Caribbean Cup and CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Last month Kluivert was hotly linked with League One side Oxford, only to then bin off a flight for a scheduled meeting with the club’s new owner, who eventually appointed Karl Robinson from Charlton.
Admittedly the 41-year-old’s sudden appearance in the top echelons of the next West Brom manager market is a surprise one given his minimal experience as a senior manager, with social media reaction to the market move has been mixed, with some fans excited by the link, while others have reacted in dismay.
#WBA maybe this super Mario dude and Patrick kluivert could be the revolution we need. A different approach worked at other clubs— headshrinker (@pox1) April 13, 2018
Patrick Kluivert out of nowhere? He’d certainly have the players respect & players who’d want to play for him but not much experience at all, championship a tough league to start your career as a manager #wba— Tom (@Tom_WBA98) April 12, 2018
In the Zola mould of managers/head coaches. Just a name, and not much more. Someone needs to tell the club that fans are not impressed with past big names.— Conrad Chircop (@conradchircop) April 12, 2018
Patrick Kluivert, don’t give me those jokes— Jordan (@JordanHarris97) April 12, 2018