According to a report from Sky Sports, Preston North End manager Alex Neil is high up on West Brom’s shortlist of possible replacements for Darren Moore, who was controversially sacked at the weekend.

Sky Sports has reported that Preston North End manager Alex Neil has emerged as a “strong contender” for the managerial vacancy at fellow Championship side West Brom.

West Brom announced the departure of head coach Darren Moore on Saturday afternoon after a 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town, much to the surprise of the football world. The Baggies are sat in 4th place in the table and seem nailed on to achieve a place in the top six, but an automatic promotion slot has slipped away.

West Brom sit seven points ahead of 7th placed Bristol City and nine points behind 2nd placed Leeds. But, for the West Brom board, it was not enough and they made the decision to controversially sack Moore.

They have not wasted time in finding a replacement, with former Watford and Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic reportedly holding talks with the club. However, now, it has emerged that Alex Neil is a serious contender for the position.

The Baggies are yet to make an approach for the Scot, but it is understood that they are serious admirers of the Preston boss.

Neil has been Preston boss since the start of the 2017/18 season, helping them to a 7th place finish last season. After a tough start to the current season, Neil has guided the club to 10th place in the Championship table, just four points away from a place in the play-offs.

It would certainly be surprising to see Neil ditch a potential play-off push with such little time remaining in the season, but an approach from West Brom could see him tempted away from Deepdale.

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