With news coming through on Monday morning that West Brom had sacked manager Tony Pulis, attention now turns to his potential replacement.
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has been installed as the early bookmakers’ favourite as it looks more and more likely that he will be leaving that job in the near future, but BBC presenter (and West Brom fan) Adrian Chiles has revealed that another O’Neill would be his ideal choice to replace Pulis at the Hawthorns.
Reacting to the news on Monday, Chiles said that current Republic of Ireland management team Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane would be his preferred candidates to take the reins – but accepts that it is probably a pipe dream on his part:
“In a dream scenario I’d have Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane come in – but if they’re listening, they’ve probably just spat their tea all over their breakfast at that.
“Derek McInnes is one that’s being talked out, he was a real favourite of the club and he’s done really well at Aberdeen, but he didn’t do particularly well at Bristol City and hasn’t got Premier League experience – neither has Michael O’Neill.
“[Simon Grayson] is a possibility, [Ronald] Koeman also springs to mind, he has something to prove. He does know the Premier League, he’d regard the calamity at Everton as a bit of a blip.”
“I would have Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane”
— BBC Radio 5 live (@bbc5live) November 20, 2017
In terms of the betting markets, O’Neill is some way down in the pecking order. He currently resides in between interim Baggies boss Gary Megson and former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri (now in Ligue 1 at Nantes).
O’Neill is yet to make a final decision on his future as Ireland manager – a two-year extension has been verbally agreed with the FAI but he is considering his options in the wake of the national side’s 5-1 win World Cup play-off defeat to Denmark last week.