Sam Allardyce New Favourite In West Ham Manager Bettingby Steve Claridge / 27 May 2011, 09:32Tweet
Sam Allardyce has emerged as the new favourite to become the Next West Ham Manager. Since the Hammers axed Avram Grant nearly two weeks ago they have been linked with numerous managers, including the likes of Martin O'Neill, Chris Hughton and even Carlo Ancelotti.
In the aftermath of the Grant sacking Chris Hughton was installed as the bookies favourite. That was until earlier this week when all the signs pointed to Cardiff boss Dave Jones, whose odds were as low as 1/2 - they have now lengthened to 9/2 - with Victor Chandler. In another twist, Sam Allardyce, who has been lingering on the fringes, has today been heavily touted as the main man to succeed Grant, with Victor Chandler pricing him as the 9/4 favourite.
Allardyce, a former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn Rovers manager, has been out of work since December 2010 when he was sacked by Rovers. The 57-year-old is famed for his hands-on management and direct style of football and many believe he is the ingredient the Hammers need to get them straight back into the Premier League. Allardyce also has experience in gaining promotion to the top flight having done so with Bolton in 2001. As does Hughton, who last season lead a dominant Newcastle to first place in the Championship. The 52-year-old was harshly sacked by the Magpies last December and it is believed that he is eager to return to management.
Elsewhere the former Irons player Iain Dowie has opened up the doors for a possible return to the club after expressing his interest in the manager vacancy. Dowie, who has been out of work since leaving Hull City last summer, can be found with odds of around 30/1 with bookmakers. One thing is for sure, the manager merry-go-round is now in full swing!