SAM ALLARDYCE is the clear favourite to be appointed the next permanent manager of West Brom.
That's according to bookmakers Paddy Power, who've installed the 66-year-old at 1/4 to replace Slaven Bilic at The Hawthorns.
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The bookies think it's an almost foregone conclusion that Big Sam will take the role given Eddie Howe is second in the betting at a distant 7/1.
Rafa Benitez comes next at 8/1 with Marco Silva further back at 10/1.
Mark Hughes and Alex Neil are locked together at 12s with Nigel Pearson the outsider of the bunch, priced at 14/1.
Bilic's tenure is hanging by a thread.
That's despite Tuesday's terrific 1-1 draw with Pep Guardiola's Manchester City at The Etihad.
Next permanent West Brom manager odds – Paddy Power
- Sam Allardyce – 1/4
- Eddie Howe – 7/1
- Rafael Benitez – 8/1
- Marco Silva – 10/1
- Mark Hughes – 12/1
- Alex Neil – 12/1
- Nigel Pearson – 14/1
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Reports claim the West Brom hierarchy have been considering a change for a number of weeks.
And they could choose to axe the Croatian tactician on Wednesday.
But regardless of the growing speculation, Bilic insists he's relaxed about his future in the midlands.
He told reporters: "I'm very calm. I love my job, I enjoy it and I'm working hard for myself and my staff for the club.
"Everything else is out of my control. I'm just doing my best.
"I don't think about other things. I'm not bothered what's happening behind the scenes – I don't care."
Former Bolton, Blackburn and West Ham boss Allardyce is the odds-on favourite to succeed Bilic.
The Dudley-born manager has been out of work since being sacked by Everton in 2018.
But reports suggest he'll be offered an six-month contract by the West Brom owners and tasked with keeping the club in the Premier League.
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