Slaven Bilic is expected to be sacked by West Brom on Wednesday with Sam Allardyce lined up to replace him.
Bilic oversaw a spirited 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Tuesday night but Albion’s Chinese owners had already determined they needed a change in direction to preserve their top-flight status.
They will hold talks with Bilic on Wednesday to discuss his departure and will turn to former England boss Allardyce to lead them to safety. Allardyce, now 66, has performed similar tasks at Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Everton and is likely to bring in trusted assistant Sammy Lee on a deal, initially, to the end of the season.
Albion expect a backlash from supporters following their promotion from the Championship and their prudent spending but they have held reservations about performances and results since February.
Allardyce is viewed as coach of proven pedigree and track record of escaping relegation battles. They hope he will be in place before Sunday’s Midlands derby against Aston Villa at the Hawthorns.