A thrashing at the hands of Liverpool was the last straw for the owners of West Ham and they made the call to sack Slaven Bilic this morning. The Croatian was a fan favourite as a player, but lost the support from the Hammers faithful following a string of bad performances this season. The London-based club sit in the relegation zone, one point from safety, leaving the board hopeful a change of management will have an instant impact on results.
However, punters think Bilic’s replacement might not have the impact the board are wishing for. David Moyes is 1/25 to be named the new manager of the West Ham, which has sparked a surge in betting for the club to be relegated. Since the departure of the Croatian, 83% of bets have been on the Hammers being relegated to the Championship.
The Irons still remain a 9/4 shot to be relegated, but this could shorten with the appointment of Moyes. Bettors appear to have forgotten the success the Scotsman had at Everton, but instead link him with disappointing spells at Manchester United, Sunderland and Real Sociedad.
Oddschecker spokesman, George Elek "Normally fans would hope that a managerial sacking would pave the way for new found optimism at a club, but the seemingly imminent arrival of David Moyes in east London has done quite the opposite. The Scotsman has gone from being the brightest British managerial hope around to something of calamity in the past few seasons, and punters are lapping up the 9/4 on offer for Moyes steer a club to relegation in successive seasons."