Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock is determined not to lose assistant Stuart McCall as speculation mounts regarding a move to West Brom.
McCall is apparently on a shortlist to succeed Bryan Robson at The Hawthorns after his recent sacking, but although highly-rated as a coach, has no managerial experience.
The former Scotland international has been on the staff at Bramall Lane for a few years, working as Warnock's number two since 2004.
Warnock regards the talk concerning McCall's potential departure as 'speculation', adding: 'Nothing's been said, but Stuart knows my views on the situation.
'I believe at some stage he will be a manager, that's without a shadow of a doubt.
'I've given him his head on the coaching side and he is a good coach. Because of that, I don't want to lose him - I don't want to lose anybody on the staff.'
Warning McCall of the perils of management, Warnock said: 'The work he's not done, and it's something every manager is involved with, is that away from the training ground.
'It's dealing with all the telephone calls, the organisation that goes on behind the scenes and dealing with directors.
'There's a lot more to being a manager than just taking your coaching badges and being on the training ground. It's a massive step.'