Big Sam 4/5 to last the season – Parker 4/1 to stay

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Sam Allardyce is odds-on with Ladbrokes to last the season as West Ham manager.

It’s 4/5 he’s still in charge of the club for the first match of the 2012/2013 season with odds of 2/1 for promotion suggesting the Hammers could bounce back at the first attempt.

The bookies also expect Allardyce to be in place after Christmas (1/4 he’s in charge on the 1st of January 2012) and his biggest challenge will be to keep hold of Scott Parker who is 4/1 to still be at the club after the transfer deadline.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “Allardyce has been given a clear mission and we think he’s got a decent chance of steering West Ham back to the Premier League at the first attempt. The immediate task is to retain Parker which looks less likely.”

Ladbrokes latest betting

West Ham to win promotion 2011/2012 – 2/1
West Ham to be relegated 2011/2012 – 20/1
Sam Allardyce to be West Ham manager on 1st of January 2012 – 1/4
Sam Allardyce to be West Ham manager for the first game of 2012/2013 – 4/5
Scott Parker to be a West Ham player after the summer transfer window deadline – 4/1

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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.