The betting markets react as West Ham's terrible start to the season continues after loss to Southampton.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has had a start to forget, as his team have returned just one win and five defeats in their first six games. A goal difference of -9, the second worst in the division and an apparent inability to take to the their new home has led to an array of poor defensive displays and an extremely frustrated fan base.
Bilic, who guided West Ham to an impressive seventh place finish last year, started the season as long as 50/1 to be the first manager to leave their post (includes sacking) is now as short as 3/1. This makes him second favourite in front of Mark Hughes, David Moyes and Tony Pulis in the sack race according to the bookies. The home defeat to Southampton who finished just one place above the Hammers last year, lead Bilic to say his players have “run out of credit.”
Irons fans may not want to look at the relegation market either, as they are now at a shorter price than Watford , Bournemouth and Crystal Palace to go down. Starting the season as long as 33/1 with some bookies, they are now best price 11/2, similarly priced to the teams just mentioned at the start of the season.