Hughton out of Baggies contention

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West Brom have ended their pursuit of Birmingham boss Chris Hughton

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West Brom have ended their pursuit of Birmingham boss Chris Hughton

Chris Hughton is no longer in the running for the vacant manager's position at West Brom, Press Association Sport understands.

The Birmingham boss was thought to be on the shortlist of candidates to replace Roy Hodgson, but the Baggies have decided not to follow up their interest in the former Newcastle manager.

It is unclear why West Brom have decided against a move for Hughton, although the fact that the Blues were looking for £2million in compensation for the 53-year-old may have been a factor.

The bookmakers' favourite for the vacancy is former Schalke and Stuttgart boss Ralf Rangnick, but the club's decision not to appoint Hughton does not mean the German is a certainty for the position and other candidates may be pursued.

Rangnick first met with Albion officials when a guest of the club for the final game of Hodgson's reign on May 13, when the midlands club lost 3-2 to Arsenal.

It is clear to see why the 53-year-old is a potential option for the club.

Compensation would not be an issue as Rangnick has been without a club since leaving Schalke eight months ago because of exhaustion, and he previously led the Bundesliga club to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2010-11.

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