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After the Baggies board dismissed a manager who led the side to their best ever Premier League season, our tipster examines the likely candidates to take over at the Hawthorns

Having led West Brom to just one victory in their last 10 league games, Steve Clarke was relieved of his services on Saturday night after suffering a fourth consecutive defeat at Cardiff.

Next West Brom boss

Odds from William Hill
Martin Jol 3/1
Roberto Di Matteo 7/2
Paul Clement/Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 7/1
Ralf Rangnick 8/1
Mike Phelan 10/1
Michael Appleton 20/1
While the dismissal may seem harsh after leading his side to their best ever Premier League finish last season, the board felt compelled to act after witnessing the resurgent Crystal Palace and Fulham cut their breathing space above the relegation zone to a mere two points.

Ironically, having received his own P45 at Craven Cottage just two weeks ago, former Baggies player Martin Jol is seen as the early 3/1 (4.00) favourite with William Hill to be charged with leading the club out of danger.

Having won a Champions League and FA Cup with Chelsea since being sacked by the club almost two years ago, Roberto Di Matteo is available at 7/2 (4.50) to make a dramatic return to the Hawthorns.

Chairman Jeremy Peace demonstrated a willingness to take a risk in giving Clarke his first chance at permanent management in the first place and there are odds of 7/1 (8.00) on offer for him to appoint current Real Madrid assistant manager Paul Clement, brother of former terrace favourite Neil.

Alternatively, Sir Alex Ferguson’s former right-hand man Mike Phelan is slightly more of an outside bet at 10/1 (11.00) to begin his managerial career in the Black Country, having spent the final 18 months of his playing career with the club.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has constantly been linked with a return to England during his successful stint as manager of Molde in his homeland and is currently on offer at 7/1 (8.00) to finally take the plunge with a move to the Hawthorns.

Ralf Rangnick was a frontrunner to take over from Roy Hodgson before Clarke’s appointment and the German is available at 8/1 (9.00) to make the move this time round.

Former West Brom coach Michael Appleton enjoyed one game as caretaker manager after Di Matteo’s dismissal and having managed Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn in the two years since then, he is rated at 20/1 (21.00) to return to the dugout on a full-time basis.

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.