Bookies reckon Slav’s as safe as houses


bilicsmilesThe bookies are entirely unfazed by David Sullivan’s veiled threat towards manager Slaven Bilic’s job following the defeat at Bournemouth.

The co chairman declared on the official website: ““Slaven, the players and the staff all know we have to do better. We have conceded too many goals early in halves in recent games and, while we’ve managed to get ourselves back into games like the ones at Southampton and Watford and at home to West Brom, there will be matches where we cannot equalise.

That situation cannot go on.”

“I am sure that Slaven, his backroom staff and the team were not happy with what happened and they will think about it a lot over the next few days.”

However, SkyBet failed to react as might have been expected and have Bilic priced up at a massive 40/l to be the next manager to leave his job.

Arsene Wenger is favourite to go first at 9/2 with David Moyes at 10s followed by the likes of Walter Mazzarri, Tony Pulis, Craig Skakespeare and Sam Allardyce.

And in quoting odds against whom the next manager of Arsenal will be they have the Irons manager in their lists at 80/1!

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  • Max Willow says:

    The prices quoted by the bookies can be deceptive..
    I wonder what odds Raineri would have been placed at before he got sacked.
    Bilic would be foolish to think that his position is secure, especially after that atrocious performance against the Cherries.

  • Roman says:

    On the money again Max.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    I think he is safe, the chairmen tend to stick by their managers, he has another season left on his contract doesn’t he ? Things need to change that’s for sure some sort of appraisal of the strength and weaknesses of his teams approach, its all well and good throwing loads of players forward but if they lack the speed or conditioning to sprint back into a defensive shape its like playing Russian roulette.

  • craigwood88 says:

    The odds are for next manager to be sacked and nothing to do with whether Bilic will be manager next season. Just because other teams are more likely to sack their manager first doesn’t mean we won’t part ways with Bilic when his contract runs out.

    There are teams down the bottom of the table (like Middlesbrough) who may well change their manager before the end of the season and therefore the managers odds will be shorter. If Karanka/Moyes/Allardyce get sacked that will have no bearing on who is West Ham manager next season.

    This seems like the wrong use of odds to interpret the situation. It might be worth finding the odds on Bilic being West Ham manager next season rather than whether he will be sacked before others.

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