Betting Special: The smart money on Mackay to take over at West Brom

Al Hain-Cole expects the Baggies to hire the Scot, who is now free to return to coaching after dropping his legal case against former club Cardiff City
Despite leading West Brom to Premier League survival last season, Pepe Mel left the club on Monday after just four months at the helm.

Having conveniently dropped his legal case against former club Cardiff City just last week, Malky Mackay is now free to take up a new job and Paddy Power’s 13/5 (3.60) favourite to do so at the Hawthorns.

Next West Brom manager

Odds from Paddy Power
Malky Mackay 13/5
Chris Hughton/Brian McDermott 4/1
Tim Sherwood 8/1
Neil Lennon 9/1
Paul Clement/David Moyes 14/1
The Scot’s reputation remains high after guiding Cardiff into the Premier League before falling foul of controversial owner Vincent Tan, so looks like a strong option to reinvigorate the Baggies.

On the other hand, Chris Hughton’s stock has plummeted after being handed his P45 by subsequently relegated Norwich this season, so fans may not be as happy should the 4/1 (5.00) odds pay out on him taking over in the West Midlands.

Brian McDermott has seen his odds plummet to 4/1 (5.00) due to uncertainty over his Leeds United future under new owner Massimo Cellino, with the former Reading manager still highly thought of thanks to a largely successful spell at the Madejski Stadium.

Tim Sherwood looks destined to depart White Hart Lane this summer despite boasting the best Premier League record of any Tottenham manager and is available at 8/1 (9.00) to continue his young managerial career with West Brom.

Meanwhile, Celtic boss Neil Lennon is on offer at 9/1 (10.00) to make his long-awaited move south of the border after winning everything in sight in Scotland but remains seemingly steadfast in his loyalty to the Parkhead side.

Having previously given Steve Clarke a first managerial role, the Baggies board are at 14/1 (15.00) to offer highly-rated Real Madrid number two Paul Clement the chance to step up at the club where his brother Neil spent the majority of his career.

At the other end of the experience spectrum, David Moyes is also priced at 14/1 (15.00) to stage his comeback from the Manchester United fiasco by replacing Mel, although the Scot may feel he has bigger fish to fry.

Malky Mackay to be next permanent West Brom manager for a 1pt stake at 13/5 (3.60) with Paddy Power

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, 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.