WEST BROM have held talks with Liam Rosenior about a swift return to management.
Rosenior, 38, left his interim gaffer role at Derby last month after Paul Warne’s appointment.
He is keen to get back to the dugout and managerless Baggies would avoid having to pay compensation for him.
Free agents Carlos Corberan and Carlos Carvalhal are also in the frame.
Steven Schumacher, Gary Rowett and Leam Richardson have also been linked but they would cost a settlement fee with their clubs.
Rosenior – the son of former QPR and Fulham ace Leroy – was gutted to leave Pride Park but admits he’ll look back fondly on his time with the club.
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He said: “Whilst it is a hugely sad day to leave Derby County, I do so with so much pride and gratitude of being part of this journey with you all at such a critical point in the club’s history.
“I want to thank every supporter, member of staff and the players I came into contact with, for giving me so much joy to come in to work every day and also for the incredible memories we have shared together over the past three years.
“I thank David Clowes for entrusting in me the huge responsibility in leading the rebuilding process of the footballing side of the club in this period but more importantly than that, his role in saving this club from extinction.
“I know how important Derby County is in terms of its history, tradition, outstanding work in the community and the pride it brings to every single person in the city and surrounding area and it is with huge pleasure that I know it will continue for years to come.
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“Derby County is more than a football club.
“On a personal level, I will never forget the joy, honour and pride in building and leading this team out to start this exciting new era and now is the right time for me to continue the next stage of my career development as a manager in my own right.”
Rosenior is confident his successor will guide Derby back to the Championship.
He said: “I have no doubts that the club is in safe hands on the pitch with Paul Warne and his staff working with an outstanding group of players and professionals, who it was an absolute pleasure working with every day.
“I hope and I’m sure they will all be successful and I wish them all the very best in the future.
“I wish I could individually thank every member of staff and supporter I had the privilege of meeting and working with but there are too many to mention in this message.
“You all know who you are and I’m sure our paths will cross at some point in the future! Thank you for everything.”
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Derby will be back in action on Tuesday, welcoming Exeter City to Pride Park.
West Brom, meanwhile, face Sheffield United at the Hawthorns Saturday.
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