West Brom's ambitious Chinese owners are want someone who can safeguard their £170m summer investment and build for the future.
Cape Town - Former West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has expressed his pride in helping bring stability to the Premier League club, who sacked him on Monday.
After the Chelsea defeat, Pulis defended his record at the club and said West Brom would struggle to get a better replacement.
The Daily Mail reports that Sam Allardyce is in the frame to take over at the Hawthorns, with the paper reporting the former England and West Ham boss is "featuring highly" in discussions about succeeding Pulis.
Pulis is battling to keep hold of his job after the 4-0 home rout.
'My remit was to develop the squad and ensure we delivered results which would in turn improve the club's financial position.
They finished 14th in 2015-16 and came 10th last season, but failed to win any of their final nine matches.
"This season, expectations have risen and although we are disappointed with some of our results, one thing I would never question is this group's work ethic and application".
Pulis had guided the club to three mid-table finishes in as many season, with last year's finish in tenth place coming after an impressive start to the season that saw them hit 40 points before the end of February - effectively securing their place in the Premier League with plenty of games to spare. I don't necessarily agree with the way he plays football all the time, but he will keep you in the league.
"First, I can say a big hug for Tony, like before with [former West Ham boss Slaven] Bilic", the Spaniard told a news conference.
Gary Megson has taken temporary charge of the club until a permanent manager is appointed, with Paddy Power making Michael O'Neill the early favourite for the job at 10/3 (4.33).
Owner Guochuan Lai watched the Chelsea defeat after flying over from China for a pre-arranged trip.