Gianfranco Zola in frame for West Brom vacancyby Jack Kitson / 17 December 2013, 15:03Tweet
Gianfranco Zola could be on the verge of an instant return to management after emerging as the favourite to succeed Steve Clarke at West Brom. The Italian stepped down from his job at Watford on Monday, only to be rapidly installed as one of the major contenders for the Hawthorns vacancy.
The latest Next West Brom Manager Odds show Zola as the 5/2 frontrunner, with the under-fire Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay next in the running at 7/1. The recently sacked Martin Jol is also in the mix, whereas former Baggies boss Roberto Di Matteo can't be ruled out at 12/1 with Betfred.
It is unknown whether Zola is interested in the job, or instead in favour of a break from the game. Despite his popularity a move to the Midlands club would still come as a shock due to Watford’s recent struggles in the Championship. The former Chelsea star resigned from his post following a nine game winless streak, and considering that the Baggies are on a four game losing run, it wouldn’t appear to be the most logical decision to bring him in. However, stranger things have happened in football.