Bookie names bosses in line for Irons job


biliiicmanciniBookmaker PaddyPower is taking advantage of the pressure on the West Ham manager to give odds on the next permanent manager.

Roberto Mancini is the clear favourite at odds of 5/2 followed by Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe at 8/1

Marcelo Bielsa and Rudi Garcia are both 10/1 with Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez are 11/1 and Unai Emery at 12/1

Possibly the strangest odds are Alan Pardew, Harry Redknapp and Frank Lampard all priced at 14/1 and Ryan Giggs at 16/1

Other notable mentions are the return of Gianfranco Zola at 25/1, Alan Curbishley at 33/1 and Glenn Roeder at 50/1

Former Hammer Julian Dicks and West Brom manager Tony Pulis are 50/1 outsiders.

Slaven Bilic has another year on his contract at the end of this season but reports suggest a contract extension is unlikely in the summer unless he can finish strongly.

Anything under a top ten finish could put next season in serious danger for the Croatian and the board are said to want far more control over the summer transfers after a disastrous transfer window last summer.

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  • taybridge says:

    Bookies go & do one muppets

  • The Long Dog says:

    Rather interesting to see the hot shot young striker people have been calling for us to start with even though they have probably never seen him play is only on League One Oxfords bench tonight.Is he coming back from an injury or is this player who would terrorise PL defences just not good enough to get in Oxfords team?!? Lol

  • Hammer64 says:

    Yes Long Dog. This ‘Give the kids a chance’drives me mad. Especially when they are on loan deals & can’t be recalled AND can’t even get in lower league teams. AND when no sane manager would play untried kids when he pretty desperately needs wins to avoid getting into a relegation scrap. Give me strength…

    • The Long Dog says:

      I think that pretty much covers all points.I can recall last season or the season before all the calls for Parfitt-Williams to start in the first XI.He must start,He is ready,yadda,yadda.
      Where is he now,this lad who was going to cut the PL teams to pieces.
      Im not saying all but so many fans call for the young guns,say they must play but have never even seen most of them.
      Not even in the Under 23s.Where as the fellas who do see them know the score that most are far from the finished article and know there is no way they should be in the first XI.

  • Hammer64 says:

    No odds for ‘Woy’? Or Lou Macari? Blimey- what a depressing list. Perhaps stick with the Croatian mastermind after all. What is it next week Slaven- Ayew in goal? Bit on the short side, but should be good getting down for the low shots. Noble striker. He will be good with any chances 12 yards out. Play AC in place of Reid- that will fool them.

  • taybridge says:

    Hamers64. Very droll zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Max Willow says:

    Michael Laudrup, has the ‘total football’ DNA in him, and only knows one way that soccer should be played.
    I f he could be lured to West Ham, and given the right resources, he could, potentially, create something great. He was one of the most outstanding offensive play-makers of his time, and everything he learned at Ajax could be transferred to the Hammers.

  • Hammer64 says:

    Hmmmm…interesting suggestion. That is certainly a bit better than the bookies’ options. It is the ‘if he would come’ bit isn’t-as usual. You would think if you were looking at it from the outside that we would be OK. The owners are patient, you are in London, cash is reasonably available…But good players & managers seem to be put off by something. Perhaps it is us- the fans! A mystery…

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