Football: Little on course for Hawthorns
Thursday 29 July 1999
The 45-year-old, who left Stoke in the middle of last season, could well be the man to succeed Denis Smith who was sacked by West Brom on Tuesday. Little met the Albion chairman, Tony Hale, and director, Joe Brandrick, at a secret location in Staffordshire yesterday and could be installed quickly as the new manager of the First Division club if talks prove successful.
John Gorman, the former England No 2, is considering whether to follow Smith out of The Hawthorns. Gorman, who only joined the Baggies on a short- term basis earlier this month, has been asked to stay on but he said: "I came to the club for one person only and that was Denis.
"I have not come to stab him in the back. I came to be a help to Denis and to help them get off to a good start to the season. At this time I would say that my loyalties are with Denis. My gut feeling is that I probably would feel that I have to leave the club."
Smith says he is determined to bounce straight back into management after his dismissal. "If I had any doubts about my ability then I would leave the job alone," he said.
Brian Kidd, the Blackburn Rovers manager, is making a pounds 3m offer for Bradford City's transfer-listed Robbie Blake.
Kidd has offered cash for the striker, who is in a contract dispute with his club. Rovers want Blake to play alongside Ashley Ward up front to spearhead their plans for immediate promotion back to the Premiership.
Blake has been put up for sale by Bradford, who are offering him around pounds 150,000 a year in wages, plus appearance money worth a possible pounds 100,000. That is well short of the kind of money being paid to some of Bradford's summer signings - and what he could earn at Ewood Park - and Blake, currently on under pounds 100,000, has rejected it.
Kidd switched to Blake after being quoted a fee of pounds 5m by Sheffield Wednesday for his first-choice target, Andy Booth.
Kidd is definitely signing the versatile Simon Grayson from Aston Villa for pounds 750,000. Grayson was having a medical last night after a price was agreed and he has chosen Rovers ahead of a return to Leicester City.
Rovers have a handful of players missing for the start of the season, including Jason McAteer, Darren Peacock and probably Ashley Ward.
Latest in Sport
WWE Raw results: Brock Lesnar suspended for post-Wrestlemania 31 rampage after losing title to Seth Rollins
Raheem Sterling interview: No amount of money can convince Sterling to stay at Liverpool
The 10 potential biggest transfers of the summer: Raheem Sterling, Theo Walcott and Radamel Falcao in the mix
Paul Scholes column: Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England shirt is now
Liverpool injury news: Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren expected to be ready for Arsenal clash
- 2 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 3 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
- 4 6-year-old writes ice cold Valentine's card to his stepmother
- 5 Syrian child photographed 'surrendering to camera because she thought it was a gun'
Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Katie Hopkins reported to the police for race hatred by Labour MP Simon Danczuk after tweet about Pakistani men
£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Working closely with the market...
£20000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A reputable company, famed for ...
Negotiable: Ashdown Group: The Ashdown Group has been engaged by a highly resp...