Alan Pardew is now odds on favourite with the bookies to be the next West Brom manager.
The Telegraph, The Mail, and The Birmingham Mail have all reported that the former Palace boss is set to have talks with the Baggies.
This has indeed now been followed by The Sun reporting in an exclusive that Alan Pardew has had preliminary talks with Nicky Hammond, the club’s Director of Football.
Pardew and Hammond worked together previously at Reading.
Tony Pulis got the push yesterday after only two wins in their last 21 Premier League games and clearly West Brom are wasting no time in identifying a replacement.
The Baggies currently standing fourth bottom of the top tier without a league win for three months. The busiest time of the season starts from Saturday when they play at Wembley against Tottenham, the first of 10 games spread across only 38 days.
West Brom are reported to want a manager with Premier League experience and that has ruled out a number of candidates initially linked with the job.
West Brom want a swift appointment and would even like if possible the new man to be in place for Saturday, although realistically they accept that they may have to settle for the next best and at least have the new boss watching from the stands for that game.
Alan Pardew was sacked last December and if he does land the job, he is set to face Newcastle United in his first home match in seven days time.
1/2 Alan Pardew
3/1 Martin O’Neill
5/1 Sam Allardyce
8/1 Michael O’Neill
12/1 Derek McInnes
16/1 Ronald Koeman
16/1 Oscar Garcia
25/1 Jurgen Klinsmann
Full list of betting odds here.
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West Brom Official Statement – 20 November 2017
‘West Bromwich Albion have today terminated the contract of Head Coach Tony Pulis.
Chairman John Williams said: “These decisions are never taken lightly but always in the interests of the Club.
“We are in a results business and over the back end of last season and this season to date, ours have been very disappointing.
“We would like to place on record our appreciation of Tony’s contribution and hard work during a period of transition for the Club which included a change of ownership. We wish him well in his future endeavours.”
Assistant Head Coach Gary Megson has agreed to take charge of first-team affairs until further notice.’