Slaven Bilic remains the short priced favourite to succeed Sam Allardyce at West Ham

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 26 May 2015, 10:53

Minutes after West Ham's final day defeat at Newcastle, the club released a statement revealing - to absolutely no one's surprise - that they would not be renewing Sam Allardyce's contract at Upton Park.

The "mutual decision" means that the Iron will now embark on a hunt for a new manager for the first time in four years, while Big Sam should have few problems finding a new club this summer.

West Ham, who have been linked with shock moves for Carlo Ancelotti, Rafa Benitez and Jurgen Klopp, are likely miss out on the experienced trio, however there are still a number of high calibre names in the frame for the post.

Former Hammers midfielder Slaven Bilic is now the odds-on favourite in the Next West Ham Manager market with all major bookmakers, including Betfair who have the 46-year-old available at a best-priced 10/11. The Croatian has just announced his departure from Turkish outfit Besiktas, which has only fuelled rumours linking him with a return to East London.

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Bilic, who has previously managed Croatia, Lokomotiv Moscow and Hajduk Split, will no doubt be gunning to test himself in the Premier League, however he will be viewed as a gamble by many, having never coached in any of Europe's major leagues.

Another rumour gathering momentum is David Moyes (8/1, Bet365) to Upton Park. The former Man Utd and Everton boss has been in charge of Spanish side Real Sociedad since November, but has consistently been linked with a return to England, although the Scot insists he is very happy in La Liga.

Elsewhere, Roberto Di Matteo (12/1) finds himself back in the Job Centre after resigning from his position at Schalke, whereas Sevilla boss Unai Emery is available at the same price. Meanwhile, the former Swansea gaffer Michael Laudrup is definitely worth checking out at 25/1 with Paddy Power.

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