Jones Odds On Favourite In West Ham Manager Bettingby Mick Bates / 24 May 2011, 08:51Tweet
Cardiff manager Dave Jones has become the bookies favourite to succeed Avram Grant at West Ham. Jones, whose odds have been slashed from 14/1 to 1/2 with Victor Chandler, has replaced the previous favourite Chris Hughton, who has slipped to 4/1 in the Next West Ham Manager Betting.
The Hammers sacked Grant in the aftermath of their 3-2 defeat to Wigan, a result which epitomised the club's dreadful campaign as they slipped out of the top flight. After a woeful season the club's co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold are desperate to breathe some fresh life into the club as they begin their summer preparations for the Championship. The board are rumoured to be after a British manager and are believed to be eager to make an appointment by the end of the month.
Jones's future at Cardiff has been put in doubt after they once again failed to gain promotion to the Premier League following their 3-0 home defeat to Reading in the semi-final stage of the play-offs. Jones, who is the longest serving manager in the Championship, experienced the same heartache last year when the Bluebirds lost to Blackpool in the play-off final at Wembley. The 54-year-old is due to hold talks with the club in the next few days in order to resolve his future.
Behind Jones and Hughton in the running for the West Ham vacanacy is the former Bolton manager Sam Allardyce at 7/1, and Neil Warnock and Martin O'Neill, who Victor Chandler have all priced at 14/1. Whoever takes charge of West Ham is likely to inherit a depleted squad, as a number of their big players depart for Premier League clubs this summer. The Hammers inspiration midfielder Scott Parker and their captain Matthew Upson are almost certainly on there way, as our Thomas Hitzlsperger, Demba Ba, Robbie Keane and potentially Robert Green.