Albion were today told bookies’ favourite Tim Sherwood is the man to get them promoted – if they can get him.
The current Tottenham manager was as short as 6-1 ON to become Albion’s next boss last night as they began the search for a replacement for Oscar Garcia.
Oscar’s resignation was accepted by the Seagulls after talks yesterday, leaving chairman Tony Bloom hunting for his third manager or head coach in little more than a year.
Former Albion midfielder Warren Aspinall, who now follows them as a pundit for BBC Radio Sussex, has backed Bloom to make a wise appointment.
And he reckons Sherwood, who is expected to leave Spurs this summer, would be the best choice.
Apsinall said: “If Tottenham get rid of Tim Sherwood I would love him at the Amex.
“He’s a football man, he will put kids in, he has got a Plan B and he is a winner. I like the way we have played under Gus Poyet and Oscar but we have never had a Plan B.
“I played with Tim for England youth and I speak to him quite a bit.
“What he has done in the circumstances at Tottenham is unbelievable and he would be first choice for me.
“I’ve seen him go 4-4-2, 4-5-1, 4-3-3. “Oscar has done brilliantly after taking over from Gus, who was such a success.
“But to get out of the Championship you need somebody who really knows English football.
“Tim would be ideal if we could get him – but he won’t come cheap.
“Brighton would be a great next stop for him if he leaves Spurs. He’s the man to get us promoted.”
Oscar stepped down after his first season in England ended in play-off defeat at Derby.
He is not believed to have a new job lined up although he was being linked in Spain last night with the impending vacancy at Celta.
In a statement released by the club, Oscar said Albion should not have been totally surprised by his resignation.
He said: “The club has been aware of my thoughts for several weeks and during this time I have had discussions with both the chairman, Tony Bloom, and chief executive, Paul Barber.
“I have enjoyed my time with the club but, although I do not have any immediate plans, I have decided to move on.”
Bloom said: “We are extremely grateful to Oscar for his efforts this past year, and for providing us with another exciting and memorable season at the club.”