ATKINSON FANCIES HUGHTON FOR BAGGIES
Ron Atkinson says he wouldn't be surprised if Birmingham manager Chris Hughton succeeds Roy Hodgson as the new boss of West Brom.
The Baggies are looking for Hodgson's replacement after he left the club to take up the reins of the England team.
With the Aston Villa job also available after the departure of Alex McLeish, there is plenty of speculation as to which managers will be filling the two Premier League vacancies.
And Atkinson, who has managed both teams, told Sky Sports News Radio: "I wouldn't be at all surprised if Chris Hughton moved across from Birmingham.
"Obviously he can't go to the Villa after what happened after last season (with McLeish) but he could go to West Brom. That wouldn't surprise me in the least."
And Atkinson had three names in mind when asked who he fancied for the Villa vacancy.
He said: "(Roberto) Martinez was well linked with it last season - he'd be a very good candidate. Brendan Rodgers is also a good candidate and Paul Lambert has done very well at Norwich. They're the sort of people I think will be very much at the forefront."
Atkinson is in no doubt about the potential for growth at Villa Park.
He added: "Aston Villa for me are capable of being one of the top six clubs in the country but at the moment are badly in need of investment in the team.
"I don't think people realise what a big football club that is. The England squad Roy Hodgson could pick (for Euro 2012) could contain seven players who have played for Villa in the last couple of seasons."
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