Football: Pulis, Sherwood favourites for West Brom job

LONDON (AFP) - Tony Pulis and Tim Sherwood are in talks with West Bromwich Albion about succeeding sacked manager Alan Irvine, according to reports in the British media on Tuesday.

West Brom announced on Monday that they had sacked Irvine after a run of seven defeats in nine matches that left the club in 16th place in the Premier League table, just a point above the relegation zone.

Pulis was named the English Premier League's Manager of the Year for steering Crystal Palace away from relegation last season, but he left the club on the eve of the current campaign after falling out with chairman Steve Parish.

Sherwood, out of work since being sacked by Tottenham Hotspur in May, was interviewed by West Brom during the close season, only for the club to appoint Irvine as the successor to Spaniard Pepe Mel.

The BBC said that both Sherwood, 45, and 56-year-old Welshman Pulis were in talks with West Brom.

Irvine, 56, was the second Premier League manager to be sacked this season following Neil Warnock's dismissal by Palace on Saturday.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been given permission to speak to Palace, where he spent four years as a player, about the vacancy at Selhurst Park.