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Next Permanent West Brom Manager Odds*
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|Derek McInnes||8/1||William Hill|
|David Wagner||10/1||William Hill|
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Bookies Suspend WBA Manager Market After Ismael Talks
Valerien Ismael did some tremendous work at Barnsley FC last season and it appears that the Frenchman is going to take charge at The Hawthorns imminently, with the bookies having suspended their Next West Brom Manager betting market and it appears that this could be a done deal.
Ismael was approach a couple of weeks ago and Barnsley gave their Championship rivals permission to speak with someone who would relish the chance to build a team that can not only challenge for promotion to the Premier League but also remain in the English top flight.
Money Riding on Michael Appleton
Michael Appleton narrowly failed to steer Lincoln City into the Championship recently after the Red Imps missed out in the League One play-off final, although it was a tremendous achievement to get the team so close to the Championship and it appears that West Brom are seriously considering someone who has previously been part of the coaching staff at The Hawthorns.
Indeed, Appleton was in caretaker charge of West Brom ten years ago and also turned out for the Baggies as a player, with the 45-year-old now having lots of experience under his belt and perhaps he could be the man appointed to mastermind an immediate promotion to the Premier League.
While Appleton's odds have been slashed in recent days, the fans might think he lacks the experience of managing in the Championship and the majority of his managerial positions have been on a fairly short-term basis.
Could Frank Lampard or John Terry Take Charge?
Frank Lampard is currently out of work and there are several potential vacancies for the former Chelsea manager including the West Brom job, with the 42-year-old being linked to a move to The Hawthorns. It might represent a backward step after previously being in charge at Stamford Bridge although Lampard did perform well during his one season with Derby County.
Lampard is currently second favourite and could be a Plan B if Wilder doesn't link up with the Baggies, while John Terry is also on the betting shortlist despite the fact that the former England captain has been part of the Aston Villa coaching staff for the past few years.
Lampard and Terry were former Chelsea team-mates and both have experience of the division, although West Brom fans might prefer someone with a stronger managerial track record.
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Chris Wilder Looks a Good Fit for the Baggies
Chris Wilder was a wizard at Bramall Lane after guiding Sheffield United from League One to the Premier League and it's no surprise to see him trading as one of the favourites with Paddy Power. His reputation hasn’t exactly been tarnished by the fact that the Blades struggled badly during the 2020-21 season.
The former Oxford manager looks likely to be interviewed for the vacant post at The Hawthorns and there is so much to recommend a manager who guided his former club to the top flight on a relative shoestring budget, with Wilder having some progressive ideas.
He might be seen as the man to hatch a long-term plan at West Brom who have previously been a club who have gone through managers at a quick rate of knots, with Sam Allardyce calling for a replacement who is going to be given time to implement a long-term vision.
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Jokanovic Could Be Next West Brom Manager
Slavisa Jokanovic has been the ideal man when it comes to guiding teams up from the English Championship having achieved promotion with both Fulham and Watford, with the 52-year-old having steered the Hornets into the Premier League at the end of the 2014-15 season, while he managed a play-off win with the Cottagers.
Jokanovic is currently in charge of Al-Gharafa who play in the Qatari Stars League, with the Serbian having been in charge since the summer of 2019, although he might be open to a return to England and the opportunity to land a hat-trick of promotions from the Sky Bet Championship.
The bookies have the former Watford boss as the second favourite on this market and the achievements of Norwich and Watford this season demonstrate that relegated teams from the Premier League now seem to have an advantage.
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Alex Neil One to Consider for West Brom Manager
It’s strange to think that Alex Neil is only 39 considering that he already has plenty of experience when it comes to managing football teams. Having been in charge at Hamilton Academical, it was Norwich City who took a punt on the Scot and he duly delivered the Canaries to the Premier League after a victory in the 2015 play-offs.
Things got a good deal tougher for Neil once the Norfolk side went into the Premier League, although he then made a switch to Preston North End and held court at Deepdale between 4 July 2017 and 21 March 2021 before stepping down at the Lancashire club which means he’s looking for a fresh opportunity.
Although things turned sour, 191 games in charge of PNE might have set him up pretty well for the rigours of managing in the Championship and the resources at West Brom are likely to be a good deal greater than what Neil had at Preston.
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Wagner and Appleton Next in the Betting
It’s clear that West Bromwich Albion will consider candidates who have achieved promotion from the Championship before and this is certainly the case with David Wagner, with the German having spun gold out of straw to help Huddersfield into the Premier League a few seasons ago.
Wagner was then able to keep the Terriers in the top flight for one season before things turned sour, with the friend of Jurgen Klopp then heading to Schalke where he struggled to get a tune out of the German Bundesliga club and the manager only last forty games in charge which means he’s now a free agent.
Michael Appleton is another interesting contender and the manager is currently tasked with trying to steer Lincoln City into the Championship through the League One play-offs, with the coach already having links with this Midlands club having been part of the coaching set-up in previous guises.
Appleton was caretaker manager in 2011 before having relatively short spells in charge at Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers. He then enjoyed better times at Oxford United although it could be that the manager wants to remain with Lincoln and try to deliver the goods at this ambitious club.
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James Shan in the Running for Baggies Role
James Shan is one of the market principles with Betfair and it’s something of a surprise to see the 42-year-old near the head of the market considering that his recent foray into football management with Solihull Moors ended in failure.
Shan was relieved of his duties at the Birmingham club following a recent 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Stockport County and it would be a surprise if he was charged with the responsibility of steering West Brom back up from the Championship following their recent relegation.
The coach has previously been part of the West Brom coaching staff, having taken charge of the Under-23’s between 2014-18, while he was then a first team coach between 2018-19 and there was also a caretaker stint in 2019 although it currently feels as though you can oppose the betting favourite on this market.