West Brom next manager odds: Odds tumble for former Baggies player to take over
Micky Mellon has emerged as a front runner for the vacant West Bromwich Albion manager’s job.
The Tranmere Rovers boss guided his side to League Two promotion on Saturday after an extra time win over Newport County.
Now the former Baggies player has shortened to 11/2 to replace Darren Moore at the Hawthorns.
Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley is still the strong favourite at 13/8.
Bruno Labbadia is the second favourite after reports suggested the former Wolfsburg coach will fly into talks with Albion chiefs on Monday.
A significant turnover of players is expected, but before that there’ll be an appointment at managerial level.
Here is what we know so far, including the latest bookmakers’ odds.
When will a decision be made?
It’s very likely that a decision will be made within the next week or so, with interviews between club and candidates having commenced this week. Albion will be looking to get someone in and get an idea of their playing style and transfer wishes.
These are things that need sorting at the start of the summer and any new man will want as much time as possible familiarising himself with the role.
Who is in the frame?
Cowley remains the leading contender for the vacant manager’s job at Albion .
Cowley, who has just led Lincoln City to League One after claiming the League Two title, saw his odds to become the next Hawthorns boss slashed last week but they’re drifting.
Chris Hughton, who was sacked by Premier League Brighton last week, was the early bookies’ favourite, but Cowley is now priced the shortest of any candidate.
Bruno Labbadia, who has previously announced he is leaving Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, is also fairly short priced.
Albion are keen on securing a quick appointment in order to ensure their new boss has as much time as possible before the start of pre-season training.
Danny Cowley discusses the West Brom job HERE
What the club have said
“We’ve narrowed it down to four,” technical director Luke Dowling said.
“We won’t get to squeeze all four in next week but in the next two weeks, we’d like to speak to all of them.
“We’ll gather our thoughts this end to see who we go back to. We’ll whittle it down to two and decide off the back of that.
“It could have started the morning after the Villa (play-off) game, but we wanted to take this week to gather our thoughts.
“It’s getting round to the people we want to speak to, having the right amount of time with those people and speak to them about how we see the running of the club in the next two to three seasons.
“It doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll be announcing our new head coach in two weeks because it might take a little longer with complications if someone was in work.
“But in the next couple of weeks we will have spoken to them all.”
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The full list of names in the frame
Danny Cowley 13/8
Bruno Labbadia 11/4
Chris Hughton 5/1
Micky Mellon 11/2
Garry Monk 15/2
Michael O’Neill 10/1
Derek McInnes 20/1
Michael Appleton 20/1
Gary Rowett 40/1
Alex Neil 40/1
James Shan 40/1
Nigel Pearson 40/1
Lee Johnson 40/1
Neil Lennon 50/1
Chris Coleman 50/1
Nathan Jones 50/1
Claude Puel 50/1
Steven Gerrard 60/1
Bob Bradley 60/1
Juande Ramos 60/1
David Moyes 60/1
Brian McDermott 60/1
Sam Allardyce 66/1
Sol Campbell 66/1
Steve Evans 66/1
Tim Sherwood 75/1
Paul Heckingbottom 75/1
Harry Redknapp 80/1
Alan Pardew 80/1
Steve Clarke 100/1
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