Alex Neil becomes favourite in West Brom Manager Odds

Alex Neil becomes favourite in West Brom Manager Odds

PaddyPower provide an 8/11 price for Alex Neil to become next West Brom manager

In a shocking turnaround, Darren Moore was sacked as West Bromwich Albion manager at the start of March despite pushing the side to fourth in the Championship table with realistic ambitions of returning to the Premier League in their first attempt.

We created our own preview on the current next West Brom manager odds when the market first came out, but the odds from PaddyPower now present Preston North End manager Alex Neil as the current favourite, surpassing previous alternatives.

Preston pushing for a Championship top 6 finish this season

If there’s any truth behind the surprisingly short 8/11 price for Alex Neil to become next West Brom manager, he would have to choose whether it’s worth leaving a team that could sneak into the play-offs, even if it is for a side that are in a more appetising position in the table.

Following a positive period in charge of Hamilton Academical, Alex Neil pushed Norwich City to the Premier League through the play-offs in 2015, finding himself sacked two years later when The Canaries were back in the Championship and stuck at eighth.

His time at Carrow Road prompted forty-five wins and twenty-three draws from 108 games in charge, and he’s been able to continue that standard at Preston North End with far fewer tools to work with, winning thirty six and drawing twenty-nine of ninety games to achieve an only marginally inferior win percentage to his time at Norwich.

Building a solid reputation at Preston North End, Alex Neil has earned their ninth place position in the table, now only a mere two points from reaching the all-important Championship top 6. The start of February had Preston’s top six odds dropping, but going unbeaten in their last eleven has seen them drop to 6/1 from as high as 40/1.

Tom Clarke Preston North End

Another positive season for Preston under Alex Neil, sitting two points from the play-offs.

Slavisa Jokanovic remains the favourite with some bookmakers

For most bookmakers who are offering next West Brom manager odds, you’ll find that a large percentage see Slavisa Jokanovic as favourite at the same price as PaddyPower are pricing up Alex Neil’s chances. Bookmakers who prefer former Fulham boss Jokanovic offer a 2/1 price for Alex Neil to take on the job.

No out-of-work professional football manager has seen quite as much exposure as Slavisa Jokanovic this season, who worked wonders in getting Fulham promoted from the Championship in the last campaign. What first appeared to be clever business in the transfer window ended up being ineffective, leaving him sacked by November.

Even after Claudio Ranieri came in to save the day, the team’s performance saw no improvement, leading to a second managerial dismissal at the club, where Fulham manager odds continue to fluctuate over the next man to lead the club.

It’s assumed that maybe there were more issues at Fulham than just Slavisa Jokanovic’s methods, making it more likely that he’ll find another reputable job. Any available job in the Championship has been immediately linked with Slavisa Jokanovic as the next man to take the helm, but West Bromwich Albion makes the most sense as he proved how capable he is of finding promotion after last season’s efforts.

Slavisa Jokanovic Fulham

Slavisa Jokanovic has been linked to vacancies at Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest, Stoke City and Reading this season.

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