Alan Pardew is expected to be named as the new West Brom manager any time now.
The bookies have now shortened him even further in the betting making him the 1/6 odds on favourite.
This week having seen continued ongoing widespread reports that not only had he already been interviewed for the job, but that he is apparently the only candidate.
Having been ignored for a number of Premier League posts that have opened up this season, Pardew’s previous working relationship with Nicky Hammond (West Brom’s Director of Football) is said to have been key to his impending appointment.
Now Alan Pardew himself has admitted that he is interested in the job and has been in talks with West Brom, with an announcement claimed to be imminent, Pardew says ‘I think it is a club who have a really good set of players and I think it is a good opportunity for a manager’.
Sacked almost a year ago, the out of work manager stated in June that rather than looking abroad or in the lower divisions, he was waiting for Premier League managers to be sacked and one of the clubs to then call him to come in.
Amazingly, his patience appears to have paid off, with the rule seemingly been followed that no matter how many times certain English Managers fail and get sacked, they will eventually get a job somewhere else.
This week we published what West Brom fans were saying about the seemingly certain Alan Pardew appointment and many of them were less than excited about the possibility (read them HERE).
West Brom were away to Spurs on Saturday and caretaker boss Gary Megson saw the team pick up a very good point at Wembley.
Newcastle fans now wait with interest to see whether Alan Pardew will be in charge in time for Tuesday night’s match at The Hawthorns.
Alan Pardew talking to Sky Sports:
“I have had discussions with them (West Brom) and obviously it is an attractive job, so we will see where it goes.
“I think it is a club who have a really good set of players and I think it is a good opportunity for a manager.
“If it’s me, it’s me.
“I think they’ve got good quality in there and maybe they should be doing slightly better than they are.
“I think looking at them and the depth of their squad, I think it has definitely got improvement in there.”
1/6 Alan Pardew
10/1 Craig Shakespeare
14/1 Sam Allardyce
16/1 Martin O’Neill
20/1 Gary Megson
20/1 Michael O’Neill
25/1 Derek McInnes
25/1 Ronald Koeman
16/1 Oscar Garcia
25/1 Jurgen Klinsmann
Full list of betting odds here.
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