The Baggies are set to stick with Pardew until the end of the season but, whether the club stay up or not, the English tactician, who was only appointed at the end of November, will be replaced in the summer.
Numerous names have been linked with the position at the Hawthorns and the board, who have come under heavy scrutiny throughout this campaign, have reportedly drawn up a four-man shortlist.
Ostersunds boss Graham Potter, whose reputation has soared after the Europa League last-32, second-leg win over Arsenal, Brentford’s Dean Smith and Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes are said to be three of the candidates.
Leicester City assistant manager Appleton is now believed to have been added to the list and he could be tempted to take the job in the summer if handed the chance.
The 42-year-old was caretaker boss at West Brom back in 2011 and went on to manage Portsmouth, Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers and Oxford United.