Michael O'Neill favourite to replace Tony Pulis as West Brom manager

Michael O'Neill favourite to replace Tony Pulis as West Brom manager

The Northern Ireland manager is the 2/1 favourite to take over at the Hawthorns following Tony Pulis' sacking this morning.

Tony Pulis has, this morning, been relieved of his duties as West Brom manager following the Baggies’ home drubbing at the hands of last season’s champions, Chelsea.

Focus for the West Brom board now turns to the Welshman’s replacement, with a trip to Wembley to face Spurs this weekend. Michael O’Neill is still officially employed as the Northern Ireland manager but that hasn’t stopped him being linked with a few managerial roles, having been heavily linked with Scotland last week.

He is now the favourite to become West Brom’s new manager and is as short as 2/1 with one bookie, in what would be his first job in England. Though he is currently one of the favourites to take over at Rangers, Derek McInnes has also been a big market mover this morning having been backed into 2/1 from 10/1 at SkyBet. Despite that, the current Aberdeen manager is still available at 12/1 in places.

McInness has also been the most backed candidate through Oddschecker since this morning’s announcement with 57.7% of bets, compared to O’Neill’s 27.1%.

West Brom fans have been hugely vocal about their discontent under Pulis’ reign due to the style of football on display at the Hawthorns and that could continue if his assistant, Gary Megson, were to take charge on a permanent basis. He’s 14/1 to do just that and 7/2 with one bookie.

Oddschecker spokesman, George Elek “The West Brom board have made a big decision in axing the perceived safe pair of hands in Tony Pulis and there will surely be an expectation to make an appointment that will push the Baggies on having made that decision.”