Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane linked to West Bromwich Albion job but one firm favourite emerges
The Republic of Ireland management duo of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane have emerged as dark horses to take over at West Bromwich Albion, yet Alan Pardew remains the firm favourite to take over at The Hawthorns.
Independent.ie can confirm that Pardew has been in contact with West Bromwich Albion officials and is keen to make a return to management, less than a year after he was sacked by Crystal Palace.
Pardew was interested in a return to his former club West Ham following the sacking of Slaven Bilic, but the Hammers opted to appoint David Moyes and now the ex-Newcastle manager is interested in succeeding Tony Pulis at The Hawthorns.
West Bromwich Albion fans have expressed mixed reaction to the potential appointment of Pardew, with rumours emerging on Thursday night that the Ireland duo of O'Neill and Keane have been mentioned as contenders for the job by the club's hierarchy.
Bookies have installed O'Neill as second favourite to land the West Brom job, with Sam Allardyce and Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill also mentioned as possible contenders.
Celebrity West Brom fan Adrian Chiles has given his backing to the Keane/O'Neill partnership moving from Ireland to England's Black Country, as he made these comments to the BBC.
“In a dream scenario, I’d have Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane come in, but if they’re listening they’ve probably just spat their tea all over their breakfast tables,” Chiles stated.
O'Neill and Keane have yet to sign contracts to continue their role in the Ireland set-up and it remains unclear whether the duo will continue to work together if they decide to walk away from their roles with the FAI.