Former West Brom boss Tony Pulis installed as new favourite for Wales job

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 20 November 2017, 15:35

Former West Brom boss Tony Pulis could be back in management sooner than you think after the cap-wearing, tracksuit-loving boss was installed as the favourite to replace Chris Coleman at Wales.

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The Baggies axed Pulis on Monday morning following a 10 game winless streak, which left the Premier League strugglers 17th in the table after Saturday’s 4-0 hammering at the hands of defending champions Chelsea.

The likes of Michael O’Neill, Derek McInnes, Sam Allardyce and caretaker boss Gary Megson has since emerged as some of the early contenders for the top-flight post.

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By pure coincidence - or maybe not... - the Wales job is up for grabs following Chris Coleman’s surprise decision to move back into the club arena with rock-bottom Championship outfit Sunderland.

Coleman’s future had been up in the air after Wales failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The Welshman had been linked with a move to Rangers, but instead opted to become the latest boss to attempt to steer sinking ship Sunderland into calmer waters.

Pulis’ emergence at the summit of the market is a huge blow to rookie boss and fellow Welshman Ryan Giggs, who had been installed as the early favourite to finally enter into the dugout with the Wales national team.

Wales have previously placed their faith in young managers in Mark Hughes and Gary Speed, but the sudden availability of the now-odds on Pulis could result in the Euro 2016 semi-finalists opting for a more experienced head at the helm.

Other contenders include Thierry Henry, Craig Bellamy, and Mr Ubiquitous: Sam Allardyce.

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