Five names in the frame to replace Tony Pulis at West Brom

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 20 November 2017, 12:43

West Brom have become the latest Premier League club to open up the search for a new manager after they opted to sack Tony Pulis on Monday morning.

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The Baggies are looking to appoint a new gaffer for the first time since the dawn of 2015, and at this early stage of proceedings there are a wide variety of managers linked with the Midlands post.

We take a look at five of those names in the frame to replace Pulis, who is now in the running for the Wales job.

Michael O’Neill

Michael O’Neill is a manager in demand at the moment. The Northern Ireland boss is currently weighing up his options after the Green and White Army heartbreakingly missed out on a place in the 2018 World Cup.

O’Neill was hotly linked with Sunderland, who in the end opted for Chris Coleman, while he can currently be found at just 1/5 to succeed Gordon Strachan at Scotland. Other potential destinations include the Ireland and Wales national team posts, the Rangers and Everton jobs, and now the vacancy at West Brom.

The 48-year-old has emerged as the early favourite to replace Pulis and in the process bag his first job in the Premier League. According to The Sun he’s the club’s No.1 target with the Baggies willing to treble his current wages.

If this is true then this could prove very tempting for the former Shamrock Rovers gaffer who is very familiar with the West Brom and Northern Ireland trio of Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt.

Derek McInnes

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has been the favourite for the Rangers Job ever since Pedro Caixinha was sacked late last month, however nothing has yet materialised with no offer made from the Gers.

Rangers may now have missed their chances of attempting to poach him from the Dons as the former Baggies skipper has today (Monday) been propelled up to the top echelons of the next West Brom manager market.

The 46-year-old, a former midfielder, made 88 appearances for the club during 2000 and 2003, scoring six goals including the club’s Goal of the Season in 2001/02 (see below).

McInnes’ stock is high at the moment after leading Aberdeen to second spot in the SPL last term, during an impressive season during which the club also reached the League Cup Final. At the time of writing the club are 3rd in the table, six points behind Celtic.

Gary Megson

Caretaker Gary Megson has been placed in charge of West Brom's first team following the sacking of Pulis, meaning it’s no surprise to see the former Baggies boss in contention for the post.

Megson managed the Midlands club between 2000 and 2004, winning 94 of his 221 matches in charge. During his time at the helm he led the club up to the Premier League for the first time in their history, before suffering relegation, only to then inspire another promotion into the top-flight.

After leaving the Baggies Megson went on to manage Nottingham Forest, Leicester, Bolton, and Sheffield Wednesday, but he hasn’t held a position since leaving the Owls nearly six years ago, while he became West Brom’s assistant back in July.

Megson will have the chance to bolster his credentials on Saturday when he takes his troops to Wembley for a clash with Tottenham.

Slaven Bilic

Could Slaven Bilic make a swift return to the Premier League with West Brom following his West Ham sacking earlier this month?

The Croatian is currently a 14/1 shot to bounce back with the Baggies.

Bilic became the fourth Premier League managerial casualty of the season after the Hammers wielded the axe after a 4-1 defeat to Liverpool, despite stating in October that they would keep the faith in him until the end of the season.

It’s not known whether West Brom are interested in his services, or if Bilic is keen on returning to the dugout, but it’s certainly an interesting one to ponder.

Chris Wilder

Chris Wilder has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the football league, leading Northampton to the 2015/16 League Two title, then Sheffield United to League One glory last season. Wilder is now bidding to bag a third successive promotion this term, with the Blades second in the Championship.

It’s about time Wilder was linked with a move to the Premier League. The 50-year-old has emerged as an early candidate for the West Brom, but while he harbours hopes of becoming a top-flight gaffer, a sudden mid-season switch appears unlikely, although not out of the question.

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