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Seven on WBA head coach list

West Bromwich Albion are working on a seven-man short list of candidates for the job of head coach, says Sky Sports News' Midlands correspondent Rob Dorsett.

The Baggies have no clear favourite at this stage but Sky sources have revealed the club hopes to confirm the appointment in the next fortnight, and plans to hold formal interviews for the top three or four candidates next week.

I understand the recently-departed Celtic manager Neil Lennon is not being considered, and Paul Clement - brother of the former WBA player Neil Clement - is staying put as assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Champions League winners Real Madrid.

But the Albion board has an open mind when considering other candidates.

Sporting director Richard Garlick is heading the recruitment team, alongside new technical director Terry Burton, who does not officially start work at the Hawthorns until June 1.

But the final decision on the appointment rests with chairman Jeremy Peace.

As well as filtering the candidates for the top job, Garlick and Burton are also looking to strengthen the WBA playing squad, even before the new head coach is confirmed.

Having lost Billy Jones to Sunderland on a free transfer after he refused the Baggies' final offer of a three-year contract, there could be as many as four new full-backs on West Brom's shopping list, as part of a major overhaul of the team which finished 17th in the Premier League on 36 points - three above the drop zone.

The WBA squad is scheduled to return for pre-season training in five weeks' time.