Next Match: away to West Ham, December 28
Caretaker manager Keith Downing claimed he wants a new man at the helm quickly after West Brom held Tottenham to a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane. Downing has steadied the ship somewhat since taking temporary charge following the sacking of Steve Clarke, and had it not been for a couple of good saves from Hugo Lloris, the former Wolves midfielder could have recorded his first win. Former Real Betis manager Pepe Mel is understood to be the front runner to succeed Clarke, and Downing - who does not want to be considered - wants the vacancy to be filled soon. "I hope (an appointment) is close for the players' sake," said Downing, who will stay in London with his players ahead of Saturday's game against West Ham. "I know there's a lot of speculation but I have really tried to concentrate (on the game). As far as I know (I will be in charge for Saturday). I'm down (in London). We have planned for the next two or three days. We are ready to go and if anybody steps in then I will gladly support whoever comes in. I spoke to (director of football) Richard Garlick but the interview process is on-going."