Michael Appleton is West Brom’s favourite to replace Sam Allardyce at the end of the season if the club is relegated, West Brom News understands.
Despite winning 5-2 away at Chelsea on Saturday, the Baggies are still in serious danger of being relegated back to the Championship with an eight-point gap to close down in their eight remaining games.
Appleton, 45, is currently in charge of out-of-form Lincoln City, who are sixth in League One after at one stage looking solid bets to win promotion to the Championship.
A source at the Baggies has told West Brom News that Appleton is in pole position to succeed Allardyce in charge at The Hawthorns next season with the ex-England manager set to quit the Black Country club if they’re relegated.
Allardyce signed an 18-month deal when Albion hired him in December but there is a break clause that can be activated by either party in the summer.
Relegation seems inevitable for West Brom, which means they’re likely to be in search of a new manager ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
As well as Appleton, Derek McInnes and Chris Wilder are also contenders for the job.
Appleton has been in charge of Lincoln since September 2019 with the former West Brom midfielder quitting his post in charge of the Albion Under-23s to move to Sincil Bank.
He’s managed both the Baggies and Leicester in a caretaker capacity in the Premier League and has also been in charge at Portsmouth, Blackburn, Blackpool and Oxford United with varying degrees of success.