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West Brom are not expected to make a ‘knee-jerk’ appointment as they seek to replace head coach Roberto Di Matteo.

The Baggies ended Di Matteo’s 18-month reign on Sunday after 13 defeats in their last 18 games spanning all competitions, putting him on ‘gardening leave’.

The likes of Roy Hodgson, Sam Allardyce, Chris Hughton, former Albion skipper Derek McInnes and ex-West Brom player Martin Jol are being linked with a move to the Hawthorns.

But sources close to Albion insist no replacement had been lined up before the decision was taken by the board to dispense of the 40-year-old’s services.

They have enough confidence in first-team coach and former midfielder Michael Appleton - now in temporary charge - to do a competent job while the search goes on.