West Bromwich Albion have told the Premier League they would be willing to use part of their ground in a trial of safe standing areas. Director of operations Mark Miles confirmed the move after the Premier League wrote to all its clubs about the trial proposal. All-seater stadiums were made compulsory in English football's top two divisions following the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, and a reintroduction of standing would require government legislation. Miles told Albion's official website: "I have written back to the Premier League and told them our position remains that we would be very keen to be involved in a pilot. "It is the same message I have delivered verbally at previous meetings." Scottish
Alex Ferguson was left stunned when then-Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal sold Jonny Evans in 2015, according to Michael O'Neill. Evans joined West Brom at the age of 27 for a reported fee of £6million, having won three Premier League titles with United, where he came through the youth system. Northern Ireland boss O'Neill has now revealed that Ferguson made his disbelief at Van Gaal's decision clear, as he felt the defender would have seen out the majority of his career at Old Trafford.