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Michael O'Neill's odds cut AGAIN as Northern Ireland boss favourite to land Premier League job

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill is the favourite to land the managerial job at West Bromwich Albion.

That's after Tony Pulis was sacked by the Hawthorns club, who have won only two of their opening 12 Premier League fixtures.

O'Neill is the favourite to succeed the Welshman and his odds have been more than halved by Paddy Power from 7/2 down to the current 6/4 price since Monday morning, although any talks over the future of his career are expected to be delayed after his mother sadly passed away on Sunday.

Those odds are despite reports from Press Association that the club want to bring in a manager with Premier League experience.

Should O'Neill land the West Brom job, he will of course link up with Northern Ireland players Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans and Chris Brunt, who all play for West Brom.

O'Neill was approached last week by the Scottish FA about taking over from Gordon Strachan to lead the national team, although an agent with represent the manager at any discussions with the SFA this week after his recent bereavement. The Ballymena man is odds on to be Scotland's next permanent boss.

When he led Northern Ireland to the Euro 2016 finals last summer, O'Neill praised both his mother and his father Des.

“My parents have been a great source of support and guidance to all the family and they have always been there for me," he said.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is second-favourite for the West Brom job at 7/2, followed by Sam Allardyce at 5/1 and Alan Pardew at 12/1.

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