Hodgson named as new manager of West Brom

by Paul Smith / 11 February 2011, 11:17

After the news and rumours that came through yesterday where it looked like an almost certainty that Chris Hughton was set to be named as the new Baggies boss, the earlier candidate ex Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has bagged the position.

Bookmakers Victor Chandler yesterday slashed the odds for former Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton down to just 1/8 while other bookmakers suspended the market completely. Hodgson was thought to be an outside chance of winning the job and as such was out at odds of 16/1 after it was rumoured that he had turned the job down and was no longer interested. Some lucky punters are sure to have struck gold with those odds!

It just goes to show you how quickly things can move in the football manager market. Now will Hodgson be able to move as quickly and save his new side from the relegation zone? West Brom are heading towards the dreaded drop zone and are only safe by goal difference. The Baggies have now lost 13 out of their last 18 games in all competitions.

Hodgson is no stranger to this end of the table as when he was manager of Liverpool his side looked like they were going to end up the fight to avoid relegation and only a late run of wins moved them out of the bottom of the table. Hodgson was sacked as Liverpool manager in January this year after only 6 months in charge and had one of the worst win percentages of any Liverpool manager since Roy Evans.

West Brom are currently at odds of 11/8 to be relegated out of the Premier League this season and down into the Championship, their next game is a crucial six pointer against bottom club West Ham.

All market odds come courtesy of Victor Chandler.


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