The sacking of Alan Pardew as West Bromwich Albion boss on Easter Monday felt almost entirely inevitable, as he failed to make any impact since coming in to supposedly save the day midway through the term. Tony Pulis lost his way prior to Pardew stepping in and The Baggies are now left with having to make one more decision which will either make or break their season.
As with any managerial changing of the guard, the bookmakers release their market for next manager almost immediately, with football betting odds available for every possible man to take Pardew’s place. TeamFA are one of many sites to keep tabs on the next Baggies boss, and they’re always up-to-date with all the sporting action, providing their own tips, bets, previews and predictions on every sport including football.
Here are the current favourites to take over at West Bromwich Albion next:
Michael Appleton at 5/1
After showing such promise in charge of Oxford United, it was a shock to see Michael Appleton step down to being assistant manager of Leicester City over the summer, but it does mean that an opportunity such as this one could turn out to be perfect for the former Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers boss.
Understanding what it’s like to manage at a lower level could also benefit if it truly is the end of the line and he ends up being an early appointment for when The Baggies become a Championship side next season. He stands as current favourite and even with the odds fluctuating quite significantly, he looks likely to remain as favourite if West Brom bring in someone before the end of the season.
Nigel Pearson at 10/1
With previous experience at Derby County and Leicester City, Nigel Pearson is one of those names that pops up every time a bottom half club needs a manager. He’d make a lot of sense, especially if The Baggies are resigned to a place in the Championship, so we expect many punters to be backing him as the next man to take the helm.
Michael O’Neill at 12/1
Following on from a fantastic tenure in charge of Northern Ireland, where they defied the odds in making it to the last European Championship, Michael O’Neill has been a man in demand, but not one who’ll take just any job after suddenly becoming so desirable.
Some of the best jobs in the Championship at Norwich City and Hull City were offered to Michael O’Neill but he respectfully turned them down in favour of continuing his job for Northern Ireland.
It’s likely that a bigger opportunity in England’s top tier would be more appetising, but he’d be up against a fiercer tide in attempting to save this side.
Marco Silva at 12/1
We’ll begin to tire of Marco Silva’s name eventually and he’s risen from the dead once again in being linked to West Bromwich Albion. He stepped onto the scene midway through last season, where he drastically improved Hull City but still couldn’t save them from relegation.
Back then, he had far more time than he’d have with West Bromwich Albion now, and he couldn’t do much with Watford despite being there since the start of this campaign, so it’s unsurprisingly not the strongest option.
That being said, he could end up being a fantastic decision if he’s able to do what he couldn’t do last season and save The Baggies from the drop, and a summer of transfers could make the world of difference to the squad he’d be inheriting here.
Based on last season’s shortcomings and an inability to show strength with a Watford side made up of his own signings, it’s hard to imagine him being all that capable under such pressure.
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