Bookies put the boot in as Hammers slide


bilic2Slaven Bilic has seen his odds nearly halved of being the next boss to lose his job.

Back to back defeats and and quite probably the new injury crisis has influenced Sky Bet to slash his odds from 40/1 against getting the chop to 22/1 – fifth favourite.

Bookies odds better than any other yardstick show how fickle public opinion can be and that is certainly the case here with such a dramatic carving of his odds.

Slav is only fifth favourite to lose his job with Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger leading the pack at 15/8 and Sunderland manager David Moyes next at 5/2.

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri at 11/1 and Hull City chief Marco Silva (16/1) are the next in line for the boot and Slav’s relatively long odds may well reflect the fact that the bookies weigh in the fact that that the Davids are not great or quick sackers of their managers.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Hammer64 says:

    Odds for relegation halved too after Saturday’s performance.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    The odds on him being sacked are about as likely as us being relegated, he may be gone at the end of the season but the chairmen give managers time, even Zola who Sullivan hated was given until the end of the season, Avram Grant also should have been sacked but wasn’t until we were relegated if I remember correctly…

  • Hammer64 says:

    Yes it was under dear Avram that we had 33pts after 28 games. People were beginning to think we were at risk. After 38 games we had 35pts. The owners must be dreading the headlines. To be relegated from a position this safe once is unfortunate. Twice would show gross incompetence. No, it can’t happen.

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      It might not be impossible 64 but there are 9 points between us and relegation with 9 games left, provided we don’t lose to Hull I can’t see the other two getting out of it, they have averaged not much more than 2 thirds of a point a game for the season so far, they would need a huge improvement, we also have to play Swansea and Sunderland, it would be akin to the great escape season in reverse if we were relegated, under Grant we were playing really poorly also which in attack at least we are not presently and despite the lack of a regular striker we are scoring enough goals. I doubt many people are worried about relegation.

  • kevin says:

    Seems there are lessons to learned but no willingness to learn them . If Bilic was not an ex hammer he would be gone or very near going .
    The wrong decision would be , no decision . The Davids are playing a very dangerous game and we can only hope they win it .

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