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Pulis sacked as West Brom head coach

Pulis sacked as West Brom head coach

With the news emerging that Tony Pulls has parted ways with West Brom, Alison Bender and Stewart Robson discuss what his next move will be.

West Brom's ambitious Chinese owners are want someone who can safeguard their £170m summer investment and build for the future.

Large sections of the home support called for his exit during the 4-0 defeat by Chelsea at The Hawthorns on Saturday, which was played out in front of empty seats while Lai Guochuan, the Premier League club's Chinese owner, looked on.

However, it is understood Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill is also high on the wanted list and is ready to talk to the Baggies.

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"We enjoyed a fantastic season previous year, finishing 10th in the Premier League for only the third occasion in Albion's history and finished as the top midlands team for only the second time since 1967-68".

Former West Ham manager Slaven Bilic and ex-Everton boss Ronald Koeman would be interested but have just lost their jobs for the self-same reason as Pulis got the chop.

O'Neill has been in charge of Northern Ireland for six years and guided them to the round of 16 at Euro 2016 - their first major finals since the 1986 World Cup.

O'Neill's Northern Ireland contract has two years to run and although he has opened talks with the Irish Football Association his future is unclear after his side missed out on the 2018 World Cup finals in Russian Federation after a 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat by Switzerland.