What a difference a week makes, one win for West Ham and Big Sam, followed by a couple of disappointing results for Norwich, and all of a sudden Chris Hughton is now the odds on favourite to be the next Premier League manager to be shown the door.
Hughton’s latest set back – a 3-0 defeat at Fulham in the FA Cup – has seen him backed in to 4/5 favourite with BetVictor (£25.00 Free Bet For New Customers) to be the Next Premier League Manager To Leave His Post.
Big Sam is now out to 2nd favourite, and is 5/2, a massive drift from the 1/5 that he was generally available at before Saturday’s victory over Cardiff.
Both teams have tricky home fixtures coming up this weekend, with Norwich welcoming Hull City (for time being) to Carrow Road, and West Ham hosting an in-form Newcastle side.
On the surface of things, Chris Hughton looks to have the most to lose, as surely most people connected with Norwich will have this down as a must win fixture. No disrespect to Hull, but if you want to stay in the Premier League these are the sort of matches you need to win.
West Ham on the other hand probably wouldn’t be expected to beat Newcastle on current form, although at the start of the season, I would imagine that the Hammers’ fans and owners alike would probably have been expecting to be competing with teams like Newcastle by now.
It is widely regarded that if you are in West Ham’s position, you would want Sam Allardyce to come in and sort it out. I know that most West Ham fans don’t see it like that, but as a neutral looking on at the highlights of the Cardiff match last Saturday, it looked fairly obvious to me that the players are still right behind Allardyce.
West Ham fans should probably also ask themselves, what would their rivals rather they do? And I bet the answer is that most of them would like to see Big Sam sacked.
By all means call for his head at the end of the season, but for now, just get behind him.
The 3rd manager in the betting is Paul Lambert at 7/1. I can’t see this happening personally. Lambert was brought in to bring the wage bill down, bring through some youth, and put the club back on a path to some sort of financial stability…. and that’s really what he seems to be doing.
He has just brought in Grant Holt on loan until the end of the season, another cheap signing, but one who will probably get enough goals to keep Villa up and continue with the clubs restructuring programme.
Famous last words here, but Lambert is a no goer for me.