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Robertson: British best for Baggies.

Byline: Brian Dick @briandick

ALBION legend Ally Robertson has urged West Brom to appoint a British head coach as Pepe Mel's successor.

"e former centre-half, who spent 17 years at "e Hawthorns and played more than 500 games, believes Malky Mackay would be a good option.

But even if Albion don't go for the former Cardi City boss it is imperative they choose someone with But even if Albion don't go for the former Cardi City boss it is imperative they choose someone with knowledge of the Premier League and the loan market.

"e current book-book ies' favourite is Chris Hughton, although it is thought Jeremy Peace is not convinced by the ex-Blues manager.

is thought Jeremy Peace is not convinced by the ex-Blues manager.

Ally | But behind him are names like Frenchman Herve Renard and former Liverpool centre-half Sami Hyypia, who have no experience of running a club in the English top ight.

And Robertson maintains Albion have to learn from appointing Mel in the rst place.

"We have got to do it and do it right this time," the Scot said. "I think if they had left Keith Downing in the job to see the season out, it would have given them time to look up, see where they are and pick who they want without there being any pressure. Getting a non-English speaker was bizarre.

"I hope they go British, we are never going to be a great, top club, we are going to be mid-table and the way things are looking maybe mid-to-lower half, so we have got to get somebody in who knows about the English game and the Premier League.

in who knows about the English game and the Premier League.

"You look at Norwich. "ey were going along okay and then they got rid of their manager, put in a new guy who didn't know the league and they dropped right down.

"You look at Norwich. "ey were going along okay and then they got rid of their manager, put in a new guy who didn't know the league and they dropped right down.

Robertson.

""ere is a lot of work that needs doing, we've lost a lot of players and how do we replace those people? We ""ere is a lot of work that needs doing, we've lost a lot of players and how do we replace those people? We are not going to start ashing the cash and start buying loads of players so you are looking at loans.

"So the next manager has to be somebody who knows where those players are and if they are available to loan and have contacts at those clubs.

"I would look at someone like Malky Mackay, he would be one of the top people for me. I don't know anything about him as a person but he was doing really well with Cardi. When he left they quickly started dropping down."

And Robertson had a stark warning for the powers-that-be as chairman Peace looks to make a fourth appointment in three years.

Indeed, he says, Albion only have to look across the Black Country to another of his former clubs who went into a tailspin after sacking Mick McCarthy and experimenting with untested managers.

"If they don't get it right, look at Wolves, they went down and went down again before they got the right man in to bring them back up, and hopefully he can get them back into the Premier League.

"But I don't want to be focusing on that, we don't want to be thinking about relegation before the season even starts.

"Let's hope they pick the right man this time, who can stabilise things, because the squad needs improving - like they did for several seasons but, for some reason, left it so late last summer."

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