The fans have got their way, and West Ham and Big Sam Allardyce have finally parted company – with the big man expected to arrive on Wearside at Sunderland.
With a vacancy now waiting to be filled at Upton Park, the name of former player – and fans favourite – Slaven Bilic is being mooted to be the next Hammers boss.
Bilic recently announced that he would be leaving Besiktas at manager at the end of this season, thus opening the door for a move to the Premier League, and the bookies seem to have put two and two together, and come up with four, as they have made Bilic odds on favourite to replace Allardyce.
Some bookies already have Bilic as short as 1/5 to replace Big Sam, with the average price around the 1/2 mark.
Following on from Bilic in the betting is Marcelo Bielsa, Roberto Di Matteo, David Moyes and Unai Emery. Of these runners, they are all around the 8/1 to 10/1 mark.
Bielsa is currently the Marseille boss, and his is rumoured to want the West Ham job. Marseille are standing in his way though, so securing his services might prove difficult for West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
Also on that list is Roberto di Matteo. He recently resigned as Schalke boss after only a handful of months in charge, so is available should West Ham want him. Personally, if he’s going to walk out on Schalke after such a short time, would you really want him?
Whether David Moyes would want to come back home from Spain after such a short period is debatable, and would he want a job like West Ham? Where his style of play might not go down well with the fans.
And finally, there is Unai Emery, the current Sevilla manager. Having qualified for the Champions League with Sevilla this week, by winning the Europa League, would Emery want to jump ship and come to the Premier League with West Ham? I’m not sure he would.
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