Pepe Mel in contention for West Brom job

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 23 December 2013, 11:07

Pepe MelIt has been just over a week since the surprise sacking of Steve Clarke, and you get the impression that West Brom may have to endure a lengthy search for a new boss. The Baggies don't appear to be any closer to finding a replacement at the Hawthorns following their knee jerk decision to axe Clarke and, with a hectic Christmas period underway, supporters are likely to have to wait until the New Year before the hunt for Clarke’s successor hots up.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains the favourite in the Next West Brom Manager Market, but it is Pepe Mel who has today (Monday) grabbed the headlines. The former Real Betis boss has emerged as a real contender for the vacancy after his odds were cut from 25/1 to around the 3/1 mark. Neither of the above gaffers have experience of managing in the Premier League, meaning an appointment would be a big risk, although they have each reportedly made the shortlist.

Caretaker boss Keith Downing, who is a 50/1 long shot, took charge of Albion's 1-1 draw at home to Hull on Saturday. The 48-year-old will also be in charge for the club's upcoming games against Tottenham on Boxing Day and West Ham two days later, but is extremely unlikely to be handed the job on a full-time basis. Meanwhile other names that feature in the betting include Malky Mackay, Stuart Bzter and Gianfranco Zola.

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