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Michael O'Neill is perfect fit for struggling West Brom

Jennings believes Michael's the man to save Albion

By Graham Luney

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.

The Baggies axed Tony Pulis yesterday and the Northern Ireland boss, who is also wanted by Scottish FA chiefs to succeed Gordon Strachan, is the bookies' favourite to land the role.

Former Spurs and Arsenal favourite Jennings, who said he was saddened to learn of the death of Michael's mother Patricia, believes O'Neill can be a success in England's top flight.

Jennings insists: "Michael already knows a few of the boys there in Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt and Gareth McAuley and if a job in the Premier League interests him I'm sure he can go into West Brom and be successful.

"After coming so close to guiding Northern Ireland to back-to-back major tournaments for the first time, his stock is high and he's done it without having an unbelievable squad.

"He's earned the right to manage in the Premier League and though it would be sad to see him leave Northern Ireland, I'm confident he would do a great job at a club like West Brom."

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