Robins boss Lee Johnson soars into contention for West Brom post

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 03 May 2018, 09:15

It’s all go in the Next West Brom Manager Market at the moment.

Caretaker boss Darren Moore is in electric form, Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson has burst into the frame, while reports suggest that both Brentford’s Dean Smith and Leicester City assistant Michael Appleton are set to be approached by the Baggies.

Moore, a 20/1 shot two weeks ago, has put forward a strong case to be handed the permanent position. Since taking over from Alan Pardew, the 44-year-old has strung together an impressive four game unbeaten run, which includes a stunning 1-0 victory away to Jose Mourinho’s Man Utd.

To put his results into perspective, April Manager of the Month nominee Moore has amassed eight points from four games, which is the same amount Pardew scraped from his whole tenure (18 league games).

Moore, who still has a very outside chance of saving West Brom from the drop (100/1), is now the 5/2 favourite for the post, and absolutely no one would begrudge him for bagging his first job in the managerial arena.

Elsewhere, Lee Johnson now finds himself in the frame after Bet Victor cut his odds from 14/1 to 5/1.

The Bristol City boss, who is widely regarded as one of the most talented young English gaffers in the game today, has enjoyed a cracking season with the Robins. In the end the club have just missed out on the Championship play-offs, but if results go their way on the final day they could finish 7th, which would be their highest standing in 10 years.

Johnson knows the division well and would represent a forward-thinking appointment for West Brom, and let’s not forget he’s got the better of four Premier League managers this season, including Mourinho.

However, the son of Cheltenham boss Gary Johnson, refused to be drawn on the rumours, telling the Bristol Post:

“It’s just speculation. I’m very happy here. I’ve got two years left of my contract and it’s a brilliant club.

“It’s a project and I’m already looking forward to next season.

“I’m excited about next season already. There’s been so much work that’s been going on behind the scenes."

Meanwhile, Smith and Appleton are each believed to be on West Brom’s managerial radar, although the latter has just been installed as the new favourite to take charge of Sunderland.

If you’re after a couple of outsiders then Nigel Pearson and Craig Shakespeare can both be backed at 33/1.

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