Since their formation in 1878, West Brom have had some great managers who have contributed a lot to the club’s legacy. However, not every managerial tenure was great, and some were downright horrific. In this article, let us look at some of the worst West Brom managers of all time.
Based on fans’ opinions, win percentage, quality of football and the dressing room atmosphere, here are the ten worst West Brom managers of all time.
10. Brian Robson
Brian Robson became the manager of the Baggies in November of 2004; returning to a club where he used to play football. He didn’t have the best of starts and the club were at the bottom of the Premier League table halfway through the season.
Before the final game of the season, West Brom was still in the bottom spot. Nevertheless, Robson and his team overcame all the odds to stay up, owing to a 2-0 victory over Portsmouth at home on the last day of the season and other fortunate outcomes elsewhere.
The following season, there was much expectation from the manager as the club had made some good signings. However, the season turned out to be the opposite and the club was relegated. Brian Robson was soon shown the door out.
9. Alan Irvine
Alan Irvine became the manager of the club in the summer of 2014 and West Brom fans were not happy with the appointment. The reason behind this was his disappointing managerial stints at previous clubs; Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End.
He struggled to get the fans behind him and despite a win over Aston Villa, his team struggled in the league. He saw his contract terminated in December of the same year with just 4 wins in 19 Premier League matches. Irvine is, without a doubt, one of the worst West Brom managers of all time.
8. Bobby Gould
Gould became the manager of the club in February of 1991, while the club was in the second tier of English football. Albion were relegated at the end of that 1991 season, heading into the third tier of English football for the first time.
Gould’s time at The Hawthorns was not helped by a failure to win promotion in 1992, against relatively weaker third-tier oppositions, putting him among the worst West Brom managers ever. He ended his tenure in June 1992 to join Coventry, his former club.
7. Keith Burkinshaw
Keith Burkinshaw joined West Brom in 1992, as assistant to a certain Ossie Ardiles, before eventually becoming the manager in 1993. Burkinshaw signed some questionable players, including Paul Edwards and Neil Parsley, and his team had a dismal season, narrowly escaping relegation, and finishing 21st in the second tier.
The start to the 1994-95 season was no better with just one win in the opening eleven games and Albion rooted to the bottom of the league, Burkinshaw was dismissed.