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Hughton favorite for Baggies hotseat

By | 8th February 2011

Following the departure of Roberto Di Matteo, the bookmakers have installed Chris Hughton as the betting favorite to become the next permanent West Brom manager.

A run of 13 defeats in 18 Premier League games forced the hand of those in charge of West Brom and now the search is on for a new manager at the Hawthorns.

With crucial home games against West Ham and Wolves followed by winnable away games at Stoke and Birmingham, the Baggies enter a critical period of their season which could prove to be pivotal in their survival aspirations.

First-team coach Michael Appleton has assumed temporary control of the team’s affairs but a more permanent decision is expected to be made sooner rather than later.

Following 24 hours of conjecture and counter conjecture the bookmakers appear to have finally agreed on former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton as the favorite to succeed Di Matteo. Although available to back at odds ranging from 6/4 to 11/4, he is now the favourite with the majority of online betting firms.

Second favorite in the betting is former Spurs manager Martin Jol who recently left Dutch side Ajax. Jol gained many admirers in England during his time as Tottenham manager and is quoted at odds of 4/1 to be the next West Brom manager.

Appleton will be hoping that he can follow in the footsteps of Steve Kean who was recently handed the role of Blackburn manager after being promoted from behind the scenes amid similar circumstances at Ewood Park.

Despite the fact that he is well respected within footballing circles, it would be an extremely bold call for the West Brom board to appoint an unproven manager with their Premier League status at stake. Appleton is 6/1 to get the gig full time.

The man that Kean replaced at Blackburn, Sam Allardyce, was also towards the forefront of the betting before he took himself out of the running.

Even though Allardyce’s style of play doesn’t generally fit in with the free flowing, quick passing style that has become accustomed to West Brom in recent years, perhaps there is now a realisation that a gung-ho attitude, although attracting many admirers, isn’t necessarily conducive to success.

Other names listed in the betting include current St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes (7/1), former Liverpool and Fulham manager Roy Hodgson (10/1), current Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers (16/1), and Doncaster manager Sean O’Driscoll (16/1).

Although a swift appointment would be desirable, the Baggies’ board will be fully aware that they have to get this decision right. The club’s Premier League status is at stake.

The above was provided by Football Betting News. Keep up to date with the latest football betting news and find betting previews, tips and opinion on every Premier League game at

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