Roberto di Matteo favourite for West Bromwich Albion post

Former West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo is the bookmakers' favourite return to the Baggies and replace the sacked Steve Clarke at The Hawthorns.

Roberto di Matteo has been tipped by bookmakers to return to West Bromwich Albion as their new manager following Steve Clarke's sacking.

Clarke was relieved of his managerial duties on Saturday night after Albion's 1-0 defeat to Cardiff City, which was their fourth straight Premier League loss.

Di Matteo was in charge when the Baggies were last promoted to the top flight in 2010, and SkyBet have installed him as the early 5-2 favourite to attempt to steer them away from a relegation battle.

Recently-fired Fulham manager Martin Jol is also said to be a contender and can be backed at 4-1 with the same bookmaker, with former Schalke 04 boss Ralf Rangnick available at 8-1.

Ex-Manchester United striker Ole Gunner Solskjaer, now managing in his native Norway, is priced at 10-1, with out-of-work pair Owen Coyle and Ian Holloway both seen as outsiders at 33-1.

Di Matteo won the Champions League and FA Cup double during his time as interim boss at Chelsea.

Manager Martin Jol of Fulham looks dejected during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Cardiff City at Craven Cottage on September 28, 2013
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