NEWS ROUNDUP: Kluivert to West Brom?

Patrick Kluivert becomes bookies favourite to take over as manager at West Bromwich Albion

Former Ajax forward Patrick Kluivert is odds-on favourite to become the next West Bromwich Albion boss after the appointment of new technical consultant Giuliano Terraneo.

As his son Justin lines up to stop PSV winning the title this weekend, Kluivert could be named the next Baggies boss since the sacking of Alan Pardew.

Kluivert only has previous experience in senior management at Caribbean side Curacao, but could be the man to transform West Brom next season.

Despite management experience at just one club, Kluivert has enjoyed a variety of coaching roles. He has been director of football at PSG, and assistant coach of the Netherlands from 2012-14.

Kluivert is a Champions League winner who could bring an elite level of experience when it comes to advising players on big occasions, but is the former Ajax frontman the one to take West Brom forward?

With the possibility of relegation from the Premier League, Kluivert could potentially be managing in England’s second division, which could be a good learning curve as he gains managerial experience.

Chief executive Mark Jenkins has said:

“I want to assure our supporters that we’re leaving no stone unturned in our efforts to ensure we recover from this very disappointing campaign.

“We need to change the culture and the direction of the club and we need to do it in a way which is sustainable for the long term. We welcome Giuliano, who will bring fresh eyes and vision to the task of squad development and future recruitment.

“From my discussions with the owners already, I know there is a genuine desire to build a team with greater goal power and attacking threat which can capture fans’ imagination.”

Could Kluivert be the one to create a team with greater goal power?

The 41-year-old scored 39 goals in his 70 appearances for Ajax before leaving for Milan and then Barcelona where he netted 90 goals in 182 appearances in the best spell of his career.

He could be on his way to the West Midlands as West Brom prepare to rebuild, but his sole attention will currently be on his son Justin, as Ajax try to keep the forward from a move to Barcelona or Manchester United.