O’Neill rejects chance to lead West Ham away from relegation

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It ranks up there alongside the transfer requests of Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez as the non-event of the season after Martin O’Neill has ruled himself out of taking over at West Ham United.

Once again the Premier League has flattered to deceive and Avram Grant must really be enjoying his moral victory over the West Ham board this morning.

However, what Grant will not be enjoying is the plight of his team and the Hammers are currently the favourites in the relegation betting market at 4/7 to go down.

The furore surrounding the managerial position at West Ham has left the club in tatters and it’s difficult to see Grant leading his side out of trouble – although with just eight points separating 10th and 20th, it’s still all to play for.

The relegation betting market suggests that there are eight teams involved in a relegation fight and three of the eight are odds-on chances in the betting.

West Ham, Wigan Atheltic (8/11) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (4/5) are the three main contenders for relegation, but Birmingham City (3/1), Blackpool (7/2), West Brom (7/2), Fulham (7/2) and Aston Villa (7/2) are all in contention.

West Ham face difficult away games against Everton and Blackpool in their next two league games, and the Hammers must take something from both games or their relegation odds will be slashed again.

Wolves aside, with the promoted teams faring well in the division two established teams may well go down and after Leeds United and Newcastle United proved you aren’t too big a club to be relegated, the likes of Villa and Fulham are in trouble.

Newcastle are just 11 points away from the magical 40 point mark and it currently looks as if Alan Pardew will steer his side safe – but at 10/1 to be relegated, a couple of bad results and Newcastle are back in the mix.

A £25 stake on West Brom being relegated would return £112.50. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.