West Bromwich Albion legend Darren Moore believes the club’s previous two managers have ‘raised the bar’ significantly for the next boss.
Roberto Di Matteo watched his Chelsea side lift the Champions League on Saturday, just a fortnight after winning the FA Cup at Wembley.
Roy Hodgson, the Italian’s successor at The Hawthorns, has recently been appointed as the new England boss, after guiding Albion to tenth in the Premier League.
Moore admits the next Albion head coach will have a tough act to follow.
He believes it is a reflection of where the club are now following years of meandering between the top two divisions. Moore said: “From the club’s point of view the recent weeks have raised the profile of the club and the expectancy of the fans.
“To have Robbie Di Matteo winning the FA Cup and Champions League – in probably the hardest circumstances possible given that he took the job late into the season – and have Roy Hodgson taking over the top job in England just shows how far things have progressed at Albion.
“Robbie’s achievement was excellent and I don’t think anyone would begrudge him the Chelsea job after what he’s done there in such a short period of time,” added Moore, nicknamed ‘Big Dave’ by the Albion supporters.
“I’m sure everyone at West Brom would wish both men well but the benchmark has been set now.
“Robbie was brought in to take the club on to the next level and then Roy did the same when they felt the decision was right to move things on.
“Both men have played their part in the club being where it is now. And it will make it an even more attractive job for a manager.”
Albion are maintaining a low-key approach to their managerial pursuit.
Chris Hughton remains the favourite, although Blues insist they would take a hostile approach to any approach for their manager.
Moore feels Albion’s next choice of boss – whoever it might be – will find the lure of B71 difficult to reject.
“West Brom have made great strides and they can easily use the previous two managers as a selling point to the next man,” added Moore.
“There is clearly a formula which works – whoever comes in will appreciate that I’m sure.
“Albion have been going in the right direction for some time. There is a solid platform there for somebody to take on and move forward.”