• Albion's managerial hunt nears a hasty conclusion

    The stars are aligning and are pointing to Chris Hughton being named as the next man in the Albion's hot seat within the next day or so.

    One of those stars - the betting market - is notoriously fickle. Momentum can gather behind a name and bookies quickly slash prices fearing those in the know are trying to take them for a ride. There's been no value in backing Hughton for around 48 hours now, when the price on him succeeding Sami Hyypia dropped below evens and just kept going, touching 1/7 at one stage.

    Those who follow 'next manager' markets, which are largely a novelty for the bookies, will recall Tim Sherwood hit a similarly skinny price in the Summer before Hyypia was ultimately appointed by Tony Bloom.

    An altogether more reliable 'star' is Albion chief executive Paul Barber, who is one of only a handful of people who will know exactly what will happen and when. Whilst pitchside at Craven Cottage, Barber spoke to Sky Sports and indicated the club were nearing an appointment.

    The final star is The (Daily) Star which is confidently predicting that Hughton will be announced tomorrow, meaning the Albion will enter 2015 with ex-Newcastle, Birmingham and Norwich manager at the helm. Tabloids get it wrong, of course, but they also often get it right.

    The appointment of Chris Hughton would represent a departure from Tony Bloom's previous appointments but fans will be hoping that Hughton is the safe pair of hands required to steer the club away from relegation worries over the remainder of this season. The challenge for the former Spurs defender will be to have the Albion competing at the right end of the Championship.

    Comments 1 Comment
    1. Dick Knights Mumm's Avatar
      Dick Knights Mumm -
      Safe pair of hands is right. Let's hope he provides more than that.
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