West Bromwich Albion is one of the biggest English clubs based in the West Midlands. The club was formed in 1878 and has seen its fair share of ups and downs since then. In this article, let us look at some of the best West Brom managers of all time.
Based on win percentage, trophies won, playing style and fans’ opinion, here are the ten best West Brom managers of all time.
10. Frank Heaven
Frank Heaven managed West Brom from 1896 to 1902. He helped to oversee the club’s move to their new ground, The Hawthorns, in the summer of 1900. In the 1901-02 season, he guided the club to the title of Division Two. He was asked to resign in 1902, following a disagreement with the Albion’s directors.
9. Ron Atkinson
Ron Atkinson managed West Brom on two different occasions; between 1978 to 1981 and between 1987 to 1988. During his time with the club, Atkinson made some famous signings, which included Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis. He also led the club to The FA Cup semi-final, the UEFA Cup quarter-finals and to sixth place in Division One.
He then steered West Brom to third place in 1979-80 before leaving the club for Manchester United in 1981. He returned to West Brom after his tenure at Old Trafford.
8. Johnny Giles
Johnny Giles managed the club on two separate occasions; from 1975 to 1977 and from 1984 to 1985. He managed the club in overall 159 games and had a win percentage of 35.84. Giles was a young player-manager of the Republic of Ireland when he combined his duties with being in charge of West Brom.
He said that the time he spent at West Brom was amongst the happiest of his career despite him not winning trophies there. But several clashes with the board resulted in his departure from the club.
7. Tony Mowbray
Mowbray managed the club between 2006 and 2009. He took the club to the Championship playoffs final in the 2006/07 season but lost 1–0 to Derby County in the Wembley final. He then guided the Baggies to their first league title in 88 years when they won the Championship title in 2007/08.
Mowbray managed the club in 140 matches overall and had a win percentage of 40.71. He is among the best West Brom managers of all time.
6. Roy Hodgson
Roy Hodgson became West Brom’s manager in February 2011, replacing Roberto Di Matteo at the Hawthorns and guided Albion from 17th in the table to 11th at the end of the season. In the following season, he guided the club to a 10th-place finish before leaving the club for England’s national team in 2012.
During his stay of just over a year, he managed 54 matches and had a win percentage of 37.04, which is pretty solid in the Premier League.
5. Alan Ashman
Alan Ashman managed the Baggies between 1967 and 1971. During his four-year stay, he managed the club for 182 games and had a win percentage of 35.16. He also led them to glory in the 1968 FA Cup, beating Everton in the final. It’s safe to say that he earned himself a place among the ‘best West Brom managers of all time’ with the FA Cup triumph.