17th May 2011 | Football
Hughton Early Hammers' Favourite
Steve McClaren has ruled himself out leaving Chris Hughton as the bookies’ favourite.
Former England manager Steve McClaren has drifted to 20/1 after he ruled himself out of the West Ham job. In a statement to Sky Sports he said, “I do not wish to be considered for the position.”
New favourite is ex-Newcastle boss Chris Hughton at 5/2. Currently seeking work and with experience of winning the Championship, the bookmakers see him as an obvious candidate.
Second in the betting is Neil Warnock, ranging from 9/2 to 9/1. The QPR boss has just gained promotion to the Premiership but his future is heavily speculated upon. It would be a remarkable turn around for the former Sheffield United manager, who suffered relegation at West Ham’s expense. After the acrimonious player ownership row that dominated relationships between the two clubs he might not be a popular choice amongst fans.
Further down the betting there has been money for ex-Hammers boss Alan Curbishley. The bookmakers are taking differing opinions on this move with Coral going 25/1 compared to William Hill’s 8/1. Although never adored by the fans, Curbishely enjoyed two successful seasons at the club after rescuing them from relegation. Relationships soured and in 2009 he won a court case for constructive dismissal against his former employees. The change of ownership might facilitate his return but it would still be a controversial move.
With the West Ham board setting a 2-3 week recruitment period this market is sure to change significantly.
Odds correct at time of publishing: 09:25 17th May, 2011 but subject to change