It's make your mind up time for Albion chiefs; Albion face decision in boss \hunt.Byline: Chris Lepkowski
ALBION are expected to decide within the next 48 hours whether to formally pursue any managers currently employed elsewhere - notably Blues boss Chris Hughton Christopher William Gerard "Chris" Hughton (born December 11, 1958 in Stratford, England) is an English-born Irish former footballer and is Assistant Manager of Tottenham Hotspur. . The Baggies spoke to a number of potential outof-work candidates last week, including Claudio Ranieri Claudio Ranieri was born on October 20, 1951 in Rome and is a former Italian football player and manager, current manager of Juventus. Playing career
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They are now at a stage where they need to decide whether to make moves for bosses already in jobs. Albion remain very keen on Hughton, but have yet to make an official move for the Blues boss. I understand Albion have sounded out representatives close to Hughton, but any approach via official channels will inevitably be batted away by Blues. The St Andrew's club are understandably keen to keep Hughton - who is on a one-year rolling deal - having enjoyed a relatively successful campaign under hisstewardship. Albion are already well aware of Hughton's modus operandi [Latin, Method of working.] A term used by law enforcement authorities to describe the particular manner in which a crime is committed.
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The Baggies board were particularly impressed with his interview but opted for Hughton and Hodgson as the preferred candidates at the time. His relative inexperience would count against him. Brighton's Gus Poyet has also been linked with the role. Again, his lack of managerial know-how at the top end will count against him. Albion have stated all along they intend to have a new boss on board by the end of the month. Zoltan Gera, meanwhile, believes Hodgson's successor will have a tough act to follow. The Baggies finished in 10th spot last season.
Gera, who played just three times during the campaign, accepts it will not be easy for whoever moves into the head coach's vacant office. "I think it will be a diffi- cult season next season," said the Hungarian. "Every season is difficult because if you have a bad spell in the season you can go down. "If we can stay in the top ten that will be very, very good for the club. "The squad is very strong and when players have been injured other players have come in and done well. "I'm sure the club will sign new players and the club will be stronger. "Expectation will be higher - but that's good for the team." ALBION ACE WEDS: PAGE 2