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McClaren odds-on for West Ham job following Warnock statement

| 16.05.2011

Steve McClaren is at the centre of a huge gamble to replace Avram Grant as the next West Ham manager.

Since the market opened yesterday evening, money has come pouring in on Steve McClaren replacing Avram Grant in the West Ham hotseat and the former England, Middlesbrough, FC Twente and Wolfsburg manager is 1/2 to take over at Upton Park.

As we reported this morning, early favourite Neil Warnock has confirmed he will be in charge of Queens Park Rangers at the start of next season and the QPR boss is now 8/1 (from 7/2) to be the next West Ham manager.

McClaren has been without a job since Wolfsburg released him in December and it is believed the West Ham board are desperate to land the former England manager.

At the moment it is all speculation and sources close to McClaren have denied any contact between West Ham and the former England manager.

The money on McClaren has influenced the next West Ham manager odds but with the market currently up in the air thanks to the strong rumour surrounding McClaren, now is the best time to back one of the outsiders.

As we said earlier, Chris Hughton seems the perfect fit for the West Ham job and is currently the only man among McLaren’s contenders trading at a price shorter than he was yesterday evening.

Hughton is 5/1 from 6/1 to replace Grant and should the McClaren situation fail to materialise, it’s hard to see past the former Newcastle manager.

Of the other contenders, Martin O’Neill is out to 8/1 from 5/1, Paolo Di Canio is out to 12/1 from 5/1, Roberto Di Matteo is static at 10/1 while Gus Poyet is a huge drifter at 14/1 from 9/2.

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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.