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Albion fans have been told it would be “very difficult” for the club to bring in Paul Clement as their new boss.

But Carlo Ancelotti would have the final say IF the Seagulls wanted his assistant at Real Madrid to replace Oscar Garcia in charge.

Albion continue to be linked with Ancelotti’s trusted tactical expert as he helps Madrid prepare for the Champions League final against cross-city rivals Atletico on Saturday.

Tim Sherwood has also attracted backing in the past week although he revealed on national radio yesterday morning he had had no contact with Albion.

Clement would be an imaginative appointment but the chances of him taking a managerial post in England would reduce if, as expected, his fellow assistant Zinedine Zidane leaves the Bernabeu to take over at Bordeaux.

Ruben Jimenez, leading Real writer for top Madrid-based sports newspaper Marca, last night told The Argus: “It is very improbable that Clement would go if Zidane went.

“It would be very difficult for Paul to also leave. It would hinge on Ancelotti giving his permission but I don’t see it happening.

“We are sure Zidane is leaving. But no one has really spoken about Paul leaving and I don’t think he is expected to go.”

Sherwood remains favourite for the vacant post and has not ruled out a move into the Championship following his recent sacking by Spurs.

He told talkSPORT radio: “I have not spoken (to Albion). I have not been offered the job.

“I’ve heard a lot of rumours but I’m happy to speak to any clubs. I want to stay in management.”

It is thought Chris Hughton would be interested in the Albion post.

The former Birmingham and Norwich boss was close to joining West Brom, who also have a vacancy, last summer. At the time he was unable to reach agreement with the Baggies over backroom staff.