Chris Hughton favourite to succeed Pepe Mel at West Brom
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Chris Hughton favourite to succeed Pepe Mel at West Brom

CHRIS Hughton is the favourite to get the manager’s job at West Brom following the departure of Pepe Mel by mutual consent on Monday.

Hughton, who was sacked by relegated Norwich in April, tops the bookie’s shortlist alongside former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay.

Pepe Mel's five-month stay at The Hawthorns came despite doing enough to maintain their place in the Premier League.

West Brom sporting and technical director Richard Garlick said: "We would like to thank Pepe for his efforts over the past four months in helping to keep the club in the Premier League and wish him well for the future.

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"Both Pepe and the club set out with the best intentions of making the appointment work. However, having reflected on events both on and off the field during our talks, it became apparent that it was in the best interests of both parties for there to be an amicable parting.

"We are grateful for the manner in which the existing coaching staff and players have rallied behind Pepe to get the club over the line in what has proved an extremely competitive division."

Other names being suggested include former Baggies midfielder and current Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes, Celtic boss Neil Lennon and current Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood.