Bookies.com review five managers for West Ham after Emery turns down job
Following the news that Sevilla manager Unai Emery has turned down a job offer from West Ham, Bookies.com reviews five possible candidates to step into the shoes of the recently departed Sam Allardyce.
Long-linked to the Hammers top job, former player Bilic is odds-on at 4/7 with Coral to join the east London outfit. He was the man in charge of the Croatia side that beat England, and a stint at Lokomotiv Moscow followed, before spending the the last two seasons at Turkish outfit Besiktas.
This would be an appointment which would like appease fans, and he would be tasked with bringing attractive football back to Upton Park.
Frank de Boer
Currently at Ajax, the Dutchman is 20/1 with Sky Bet to become the next West Ham boss. He would be another one who fans would welcome as he is a pupil of the famed Dutch coaching system, which promotes attractive and ‘total football’.
However, De Boer is in the middle of a potentially exciting project at Ajax and has the responsibility of bringing through the majority of Dutch football’s next generation.
He worked wonders while in charge of Athletic Bilbao on a limited budget, getting to the final of the Europa League in 2012, famously beating Manchester United along the way.
At Marseille this term, Bielsa has led them to fourth place in Ligue 1 while also implementing somewhat of a transition at the club. As some of their best players may leave this summer and the board reportedly split over appointing such an unorthodox coach, they may be tempted to look elsewhere. Bielsa is 12/1 with Paddy Power to replace Allardyce.
Roberto Di Matteo
Having won the Champions League and FA Cup with Chelsea, while previously earning Championship promotion with West Bromwich Albion, Di Matteo has Premier League experience counting in his favour.
Now a free agent after leaving Bundesliga outfit Schalke, players clearly like and respond to his methods, and Di Matteo also promoted attacking football, so odds of 33/1 with bet365 might not be too ridiculous.
A return back to the Premier League might be tempting for the Dane, who won the League Cup with Swansea City, and his extensive network in football would help the Hammers in their player recruitment policy. However, Laudrup is 33/1 with BetVictor to be named the next manager.
Our betting tip: Bilic is our pick to be next Hammers boss @ 4/7 with Coral.
All odds were correct at time of posting.