One of the leading contenders for the permanent West Brom job Alex Neil has signed a new three-year-deal at Preston North End, to all but end the speculation linking him with the role. 

Many bookmakers had Neil as the standout favourite to land the Baggies job, but the 37-year-old has committed his future to Preston by signing a three-year-deal, the club’s official website announced on Sunday.

James Shan has replaced Neil as the favourite for the permanent position, and the current caretaker manager has enjoyed a reasonably successful start to life in charge at the Hawthorns. 

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Shan replaced Darren Moore last month and has seen the Baggies win four of the six games he has been in charge, including a 4-1 victory over Neil’s Preston side on Saturday. 

The caretaker boss’ future had been under intense speculation following two consecutive league defeat’s prior to the win over Preston, but with the Baggies having all but secured a playoff spot this season, he could be given until the end of the season to make a case for the permanent position.

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