Appleton heads market to replace Pardew

Michael Appleton is the bookmakers' favourite to become West Brom's next permanent manager after Alan Pardew departed the club rock-bottom of the Premier League.

Appleton, currently on the coaching staff at Leicester, is as short as 2-1 to fill the Hawthorns vacancy, although Hills are prepared to lay 5-1 in an otherwise wide-open heat which is 10-1 bar the favourite.

Marco Silva and Nigel Pearson are both rated 10-1 to replace Pardew on a permanent basis with Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill rated a 12-1 shot. Dean Smith ranges from 11-2 to 14-1 and Paul Cook is as big as 12-1 but only 100-30 in places.

Pardew departs West Brom with Albion 1-500 to be relegated and ten points from safety with only six matches remaining.

A season in the Sky Bet Championship looks almost certain next term and the next manager has already been warned there will be no lavish spending in an attempt to come back up at the first attempt.

Match in Focus

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Genoa v Verona

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Verona have suffered five straight away defeats to nil
Expert verdict
Seven of Verona’s last eight away games have ended in losses to nil and they’ve only scored one goal (a penalty) in their last six. That presents a massive problem for Hellas ahead of the trip to the Luigi Ferrari, which Genoa have turned into a fortress.



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