Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill keen on West Brom job

Antonio Conte watched his Chelsea side put four goals past West Brom at The Hawthorns. Getty Images

Antonio Conte watched his Chelsea side put four goals past West Brom at The Hawthorns. Getty Images

Tony Pulis will not be out of work for too long following his sacking as West Bromwich Albion manager, believes Joey Barton.

Following Saturday's 4-0 humbling by Chelsea, the West Brom board chose to dismiss Pulis after almost three years at the helm, with new owner Guochuan Lai poised to make his first managerial appointment since purchasing the club last year. "We wish him well in his future endeavours", West Brom chairman John Williams said.

Former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic and ex-Everton chief Ronald Koeman would be interested but have just lost their jobs for the same reason as Pulis got the chop. "Today, it is like this".

"Over the last three seasons we have achieved a great deal and I am proud to have managed West Bromwich Albion", Pulis said in a statement via the League Managers Association. Now, it is so, so hard. We have to accept that, we know that.

Derek McInnes of Aberdeen and ex-Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson are both priced at 10/1 (11.0) by the odds compiler, and a Premier League return could certainly be tempting for the latter given his unceremonious departure from the Foxes in 2015.

"He's got the same thing Sam Allardyce has where, if you can't manage the sides that finish in the top six or compete for trophies, it's nearly as good to be someone who keep sides up, because you will continuously get work".

Northern Ireland legend Pat Jennings says Michael O'Neill has earned a shot at Premier League management and is the ideal man to revive West Brom's fortunes.

"This season, expectations have risen and although we are disappointed with some of our results, one thing I would never question is this group's work ethic and application".

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