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All signs point to former England boss taking the reins at West Brom

| 19.12.2013

The prevalence of those who have already failed at Premier League level in the upper echelons of the next permanent West Brom manager market offers plenty of incentive to scour the lower reaches of the betting for a value wager.

At 16/1 it could just be that Glen Hoddle is that unlikely character, for the reasoning read on…

Of the current market-leading foursome, only 11/8 favourite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has yet to accumulate an unhappy experience in the English top flight and he has yet to be approached.

Gianfranco Zola (7/1) was sacked by West Ham, Martin Jol has been axed from jobs at Tottenham and Fulham, while Neil Warnock (7/1) saw his Sheffield United side relegated before later getting the boot at QPR for good measure.

Former Baggies boss Ron Atkinson has gone on record as saying the club need ‘someone with experience in the Premier League.’

However beyond the aforementioned trio, those familiar with the top-flight have been little more successful.

Malky Mackay (8/1) has yet to convince as he grinds out his first season in the promised land at Cardiff City and Roberto Di Matteo has already been shown the door at the Hawthorns on one occasion.

With this in mind it may seem that West Brom will be forced to spurn Atkinson’s proffered wisdom and recruit from beyond the Premier League.

Wolverhampton paper the Express and Star has suggested that neither Solskjaer, Jol or recently elbowed Spurs gaffer Andre Villas-Boas are currently in the club’s thoughts.

Meanwhile, having been disappointed with Steve Clarke, it’s perhaps less than likely that Baggies’ Chairman Jeremy Peace will be keen to offer another assistant manager his first frontline role.

So long-time Carlo Ancelotti henchman Paul Clement and Alex Ferguson acolyte Mike Phelan are unlikely to be called upon mid-season, with the club contemplating a relegation battle.

An intriguing name weighing in at the 16/1 mark that would satisfies Big Ron’s requirements is that of Hoddle.

The former Swindon, Chelsea, England, Southampton, Spurs and Wolves manager has a mixed bag of Premier League know-how and finds his name back in the headlines in relation to the White Hart Lane vacancy.

Unlike Burnley’s Sean Dyche (25/1) who would surely rate an excellent candidate, there would no compensation payment needed to bring in Hoddle.

The latter point is likely to have some prevalence as three of West Brom’s five managers under the auspices of chairman Jeremy Peace, including the last two, were out of work when they signed up.