Zola On His Way In The Summer As West Ham Begin Search For New Manager

Mick Bates by Mick Bates / 22 April 2010, 09:14

The Sack Race understands that time is up for Gianfranco Zola at West Ham with the Italian set to be sacked at the end of the season whether or not he can keep the Hammers in the Premier League. Zola has struggled this season at Upton Park but it does look like they will stay in the Premier League with Hull and Burnley both struggling to pick up any points. Publicly David Gold and David Sullivan have backed Zola but they are looking to get their own man in with several candidates on the shortlist depending on which League the Hammers find themselves in come August, they will be reluctant to sack Zola as the owners record at Birmingham suggests but one way or the other Zola will be on his way.

One name that keeps getting mentioned in the Next West Ham Manager Betting is Steve McClaren who is thought to be the main target for Gold and Sullivan if they are in the Premier League, McClaren has re-invented himself in Holland and may be looking for a way back to the Premier League. The former England Boss is currently in charge of FC Twente and is on the brink of leading them to their first title in around 80 years, he has built himself a good reputation in Holland and West Ham could be his route back to the Premier League. McClaren would only be interested in giving up Champions League football next season with Twente if West Ham are still in the top flight so much will depend on how the final two or three games go for The Hammers.

Gold and Sullivan also have a couple of names on the shortlist should the club get relegated back to the Championship with Alan Pardew the surprise name at the top of list. Pardew of course managed West Ham to the FA Cup Final in 2006 but it would be a huge surprise if he was to return to Upton Park, he was given the sack to be replaced by Alan Curbishley with the club deep in relegation trouble. Pardew has done a cracking job at Southampton in League One and Gold and Sullivan have identified him as the man to lead the club in the Championship should they be relegated this campaign.

One thing we can be sure of is that Zola will be on his way in the Summer with any number of Managers on the shortlist to replace him, Steve McClaren looks to be the man in pole position to head to Upton Park according to the betting alongside Glenn Hoddle. Hoddle is an interesting candidate who has been out of the game for a while but is thought to be more interested in his Spanish Football Academies meaning that McClaren is the more likely choice.sackometer-04-on-the-brinkNext Wet Ham Manager Odds With SkyBet.comas of 22/04/2010

G Hoddle - 8/15
S McClaren - 9/2
M Hughes - 5/1
A Curbishley - 6/1
A Pardew - 8/1
T Venables - 12/1
P Jewell - 12/1
G Souness - 20/1
S Bilic - 20/1
D O'Leary - 20/1
S Coppell - 20/1
A Shearer - 33/1
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