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Chris Hughton the favourite to replace Roy Hodgson at West Brom - report

Chris Hughton the favourite to replace Roy Hodgson at West Brom - report

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Current Birmingham City manager is understood to be on the Baggies shortlist to succeed the prospective England boss at the Hawthorns

Chris Hughton is the preferred choice of West Bromwich Albion to succeed Roy Hodgson in the event of the former Fulham boss taking the England job.

British newspapers The Sun and The Daily Mail have both suggested that the former Ireland international is the leading contender for the post. Hughton, who has led Birminghim City to the Championship playoffs, was interviewed by WBA as a potential successor to Roberto Di Matteo before the Baggies opted for Hodgson last year.

The Sun reports that WBA will bide their time before making an approach for the former Newcastle manager so as not to interfere with Birmingham's playoff games with Blackpool. It's understood they will seek Birmingham's permission to speak with Hughton once they make contact with their preferred target.

Hughton signed a rolling contract with the Blues after joining the club last summer with WBA needing to shell out £750,000 compensation to secure his services. The 53-year old, who won automatic promotion from the Championship with Newcastle in 2009-10, has earned praise for his work at St Andrew's and received a standing ovation at the club's awards evening on Monday.

Birmingham City will play the first leg of their semi-final playoff with Blackpool on Friday night.