Flores a better option than Schaaf for West Brom vacancy
The next West Brom manager market has finally undergone a bit of a shake-up, with former favourites Malky Mackay and Jose Luis Mendilibar replaced by Thomas Schaaf and Quique Sanchez Flores.
Both bring strong credentials to the table, with Schaaf winning a Bundesliga with Werder Bremen and Flores securing a Europa League with Atletico Madrid.
In fact, Schaaf is almost the polar opposite to former favourite Mendilibar as his philosophy typically is to set up in an attacking way and score more than the opposition, while Mendilibar is about keeping things tight and pinching 1-0 wins.
Schaaf is the big favourite to replace Steve Clarke at 2/5 and alongside the potential issue of playing too openly, the risk in appointing him is that his only prior managerial work was at Bremen, where he was in charge for 25 years in one capacity or another.
Therefore, there must be a risk that he worked so well with the Bremen first-team only because he had been institutionalised for so long and he may struggle to adapt to a completely new type of surroundings.
Flores is 4/1 in the next West Brom manager betting and is more travelled, having previously won trophies in Spain and Portugal, while currently working in the UAE.
He was previously linked with Aston Villa before the club opted for Alex McLeish instead and during this period, there were comments indicating that Flores was keen to work in England.
The Premier League has previously only homed three Spanish managers and none of these have really flopped either.
Juande Ramos won the League Cup in his season at Tottenham, Roberto Martinez overachieved at Wigan and is now making great strides at Everton and Rafa Benitez obviously lifted an FA Cup and a Champions League at Liverpool.