West Bromwich Albion have had a season they would like to forget. They have sacked two managers a chief executive a chairman and a technical director. And relegation to the Championship looks set to be.
<p>West Bromwich Albion have had a season they would like to forget. They have sacked two managers, a chief executive, a chairman and a technical director. And relegation to the Championship looks set to be confirmed – they’re bottom with four games to play and a gulf of nine points.</p><p>Still, things could be looking up (they couldn’t get much worse). Their stunning victory at Manchester United last time out suggests that Darren Moore, the interim coach, could be the man to bring back some respectability to the Baggies if he was to be given the job full-time.</p><p>Punters agree. After that United victory there has been a gamble on him to get the gig for good. In the next WBA boss betting, Moore’s price has collapsed from +2000 to +300 in a matter of hours. He is best at +600 with Ladbrokes.</p><p>We like a next manager flutter here. So we thought we’d pick a couple of fancies out. We don’t fancy Moore. It is highly unlikely that the club will put the regeneration in the hands of an ingenue. Moore just doesn’t have the managerial experience yet.</p><p>Our first pick is the +1000 (Bet365) about Michael Appleton taking over. Appleton is the Leicester City No 2 and his stock has risen exponentially as the Foxes have had a solid season. Previously he was manager of League One Oxford United. He took them up from the basement and with more funds would have probably got them to the playoffs in first season in League One with them.</p><p>WBA says they want to build a team full of power and goals. That is exactly what Appleton did at Oxford. More importantly, he is a West Brom man, having cut his teeth in the coaching game at the club after he retired prematurely due to a knee injury. It has long been thought that WBA have earmarked him for the role.</p><p>Our second wager is on another West Brom old boy – Derek McInnes. McInnes is currently in charge at Aberdeen. As former captain, McInnes led West Brom to the Premier League in 2002. This is not as insignificant as you might think.</p><p>The home faithful have disliked their last two managers – Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew – and the board will be keen to find someone they do like before the ire is turned on them. McInnes is a popular price at +550 (Bet365) and he would be a popular appointment.</p>