When you look back at West Brom’s managerial appointments over the course of recent history, there have been roaring successes and miserable failures.
The best way to reflect on Roy Hodgson’s tenure was that it was short and sweet.
Replacing Roberto Di Matteo in February 2011 he turned the fortunes of the club around and elevated them to their best Premier League finish for two seasons in a row.
Nobody could begrudge him the offer of an opportunity to manage his country, and away he went at the end of the 2011-12 season.
Not much money was spent by Hodgson and co in the 2011 summer window, but how they got their rewards from excellent planning and extensive scouting.
Having done similar for Alan Irvine, Steve Clarke, Di Matteo, Tony Mowbray and Bryan Robson, here we tak a look at the ten transfers of Hodgson, and where they are now.
Forget fine wine, McAuley’s more Benjamin Button.
When he arrived on a free from Ipswich at 31, with no previous top flight experience, NOBODY could have foreseen what was to come.
Into his seventh season at The Hawthorns, McAuley remains an important character in the dressing room.
Signed on a free, left on a free.
Jones came in, the captain of relegated Preston, and made his debut at left-back against Wolves, where he collected an assist for Chris Brunt’s goal.
Now in the Championship with Sunderland, it may be fair comment to suggest that Albion have had the best of Jones during his three seasons here.
Still the first name on the team-sheet.
He’s 34 now, but there’s plenty of miles left in the tank. Made 200 appearances for the club after originally arriving on loan from Blues.
Contract expires in summer of 2019.
A club legend’s return. The Magic Magyar signed on a free three years after leaving on a free for Fulham.
Hit by injuries, but spent three further seasons at The Hawthorns. Headed back to Ferencvaros, where Albion had signed him from in 2004.
A then club-record buy, Long spent two-and-a-half years at Albion after coming in from Reading.
Was instrumental under Steve Clarke as Albion finished eighth in 2013, but left in January 2014 for Hull.
Spent only six months there, before moving to Southampton for £12m, where he is today, though is currently enduring a barren spell in front of goal.
Scored in his first two matches for the club, most memorably in the win at his former club Wolves.
Only at the club for six months, before heading to Bolton. Had a loan spell at Brighton in 2015, and then retired.
You’ll see him nowadays analysing Football League matches for Sky Sports.
Played just the one game, as back up for Ben Foster, the final day defeat to Arsenal in 2012.
Sadly passed away after suffering cancer back in 2015, just 32 years old.
Arrived with Andrews, in January 2012, and also made his debut in the 5-1 win at Molineux.
A regular in the side for two-and-a-half seasons before his release in 2014.
Now playing for Portland Timbers in the MLS.
Never actually played a league game for Albion, and spent most of his time out on loan at Portsmouth, Blues and MK Dons.
Snapped up on a free in 2014 by Hibernian, before Celtic signed him a season later.
Currently on loan at Dundee.
Signed on a free from Arsenal, then teenager Edge was only at the club for a single season before Gloucester City signed him.
Was at Hereford FC, who had just secured back-to-back promotions from the Southern League South and West, before rejoining Gloucester in September.