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Ex-Chelsea captain among favourites to replace Bruce at West Brom

We take a look at who the bookmakers think is in line to replace Steve Bruce at Hawthorns, if he gets fired.

West Bromwich Albion had a poor start to the season, winning just one of their first 12 matches in the tournament.

The Pages lost 1-0 to Preston North End on Wednesday night – their fifth of the season – sending them relegated to the relegation zone.

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Albion’s poor performance under Steve Bruce has led to speculation over whether he will oversee the team in their league game against Luton Town on Saturday.

The 61-year-old has won just eight of his 31 Buggy matches in all competitions and is believed to be on the “right track” to turn things around at Hawthorne.

“We didn’t get the results we needed, but I still think we’re on the right track,” he told the media following Wednesday’s loss to Preston.

“I still think we can have a challenge trying to get to where we want to be, which is of course around the qualifying places.

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“I am determined to see it through.”

With Albion still in poor form and anticipation to compete for the promotion this season, it’s no surprise that Bruce has been criticized.

Should Pages decide the 61-year-old is no longer the right man to lead the club, we look forward to who will replace him.

Who is preferred for this job?

According to the Bookmakers website, former Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Rob Edwards is the favorite to be Albion’s next manager and his price tag is 2/1.

Former Burnley coach Sean Dycke can be traced back to 3/1, while Scott Parker is 9/2.

Next is Chris Wilder (5/1), then John Terry at 11/2.

Other names mentioned include Roy Keane, Mick McCarthy, Michael Carrick and Slavisa Djukanovic.

The former Chelsea captain has yet to intervene in management after retiring from playing in October 2018.

His only coaching experience with Villa came between 2018 and 2021 where he was an assistant to Dean Smith and helped them advance from the Championship to the Premier League in his first season in the role.

There is no denying his ability to lead the locker room having worn the armband of Chelsea for 13 years, winning 16 titles, including the Champions League in 2012, while he was captain and one former.

He currently holds a coaching advisory role with the Blues Academy, a position the former defender has held since January.

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