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West Brom set to name Schaaf as boss

Former Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf is set to be announced as the new West Bromwich Albion boss.

Thomas Schaaf passes the Bremen fans after the defeat to Leverkusen
Thomas Schaaf spent almost 40 years at Werder Bremen.

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Albion have been searching for a full-time successor to Steve Clarke, who was sacked in December, and have spoken to a long list of candidates.

A move for Schaaf, 52 -- who has never coached outside Bremen, where he spent almost 40 years as player, coach and manager -- would represent a gamble for WBA chairman Jeremy Peace.

It would also involve some form of compensation, because although Schaaf left Bremen by mutual consent at the end of last season after 14 mainly successful years in charge, he remains under contract to the Bundesliga club.

Bremen have been paying him for the final year of that deal, which expires at the end of the season, and an agreement would need to be struck for him to be released from it.

Negotiations will also have to take place over his backroom staff. West Brom want to keep their existing structure in place, but Schaaf is believed to be keen to work with his former Bremen assistants Wolfgang Rolff and Matthias Hoenerbach.

Former Valencia, Benfica and Atletico Madrid manager Quique Flores was another candidate considered at length by the Midlands club's five-man selection panel.

Former West Ham and Watford manager Gianfranco Zola was also in the frame, but it now seems the Italian has distanced himself from a quick return to management.

Ex-England boss Sven Goran Eriksson was considered as an interim appointment until the end of the current season, but that option has been scrapped.


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