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The three frontrunners to be next West Ham manager as board sacks Slaven Bilic

Mon, 6 November 2017, 12:55

Time has run out for the now former Hammers boss Slaven Bilic who lost his job on Monday morning, fresh off defeat to Liverpool at home on Saturday evening. The rumours are strongly linking David Moyes with the vacancy in east London, but there are a few names in the market that could still take the hot-seat, should the former Everton and Manchester United manager fail to agree terms. What Are The Odds looks at the latest odds on the potential next West Ham manager.

Monday morning saw the end of the road for Bilic, who ultimately guided West Ham United into the relegation zone and that was enough for the board to act and decide to take a new approach. With the international break meaning Premier League clubs have around 10 full days to train without games, it may have been planned all along that Bilic would go now and allow a new man to come in and put his own ideas on the squad - with West Ham away next to high-flying Watford.

Multiple reports are linking David Moyes with the job, such as BBC Football - who suggest he's already had talks and could be appointed within the next 24 hours. Sky Bet completely back the Scotsman to take the job at the London Stadium and are offering extremely short odds of 1/20 (1.05) on the deal getting done. Whether or not Hammers fans will get excited about such a manager is another thing, with his past track record at United, Sunderland and Real Sociedad far from impressive.

Fans want to see a better brand of football at the club, the 'West Ham way' as it's often referred to, so it's not a surprise to see a name like Ronald Koeman amongst the frontrunners at 14/1 (15.0). The Dutchman would surely be keen to jump straight back into the game to repair a somewhat damaged reputation at Everton, and imprint a style of football that could excite the West Ham faithful. However, such odds on him to become the next manager indicate it's anywhere near getting done, and at this early stage it looks a foregone conclusion that Moyes is the man the club want.

Probably the most interesting frontrunner is Alan Pardew - the former Hammers boss would be a controversial choice, but nevertheless finds himself at 8/1 (9.00) with the bookmaker. His highlight with the club was promotion from the Championship - but an ill-fated end to his time at Crystal Palace will not give fans much to cheer in the way of this being a progressive next step for the club desperately seeking a new identity and brand of football in their second season in the Olympic Park.

Although quite a bit off the frontrunners, the former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini could be one to watch. At 16/1 (17.0) the key difference is that he is available right now, no compensation or club negotiations would be required. Mancini oversaw Man City’s first ever Premier League title win and is a largely popular figure who knows how to deal with big personalities - it could be the ideal scenario for the Hammers board should they need a quick turnover.

Probability of next West Ham United manager

Next Manager Next West Ham Manager Odds Probability
David Moyes   1/20 95.24%
Alan Pardew   8/1 11.11%
Ronald Koeman   14/1 6.67%
Carlo Ancelotti   16/1 5.88%
Roberto Mancini   16/1 5.88%

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