Marco Silva favourite to replace Alan Pardew at West Brom

by Jack Kitson / 20 February 2018, 10:09

Alan Pardew has two games to save his skin at West Brom otherwise he’s toast, according to the latest reports from The Sun.

The rock-bottom Baggies have endured a shambolic week on-and-off the pitch, leaving the dancing king in severe danger of becoming the ninth victim of the 2017/18 Premier League Sack Race.

The ‘two games to save your job’ are against David Wagner’s 17th-placed Huddersfield on Saturday, followed by Watford (11th) away the following Saturday.

Should the Midlands club falter, then it would surprise few if the hierarchy decided to wield the axe for the second time in just over three months.

Over the weekend the Next West Brom Manager Market opened its doors once again, with veteran gaffer Harry Redknapp installed as the surprise frontrunner for the job, however the 70-year-old (5/1) has since made way for Marco Silva at the top of the betting.

Silva arrived on English soil in January 2017 as a virtual unknown on these shores.

The Portuguese coach was then unable to keep Hull in the top-flight, but he was widely praised for his efforts.

Silva went on to take charge of Watford, and a superb start to the current campaign saw Everton come in for his services. The Hornets told the Toffees to buzz off, but the link clearly affected Silva, whose side subsequently went on a sorry streak of form, which resulted in the sack last month.

But the 40-year-old is now in with a shot of bagging his third Premier League job in the space of 14 months.

Two of this season’s other top-flight casualties, Slaven Bilic and Mark Hughes, are also in the mix for the post, while Gary Megson is definitely worth a look out at 14/1. Megson acted as caretaker following the sacking of Tony Pulis - drawing twice - and would no doubt return to the Hawthorns should the club come calling.

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