England’s top-flight division could be set for a summer of new managerial acquisitions following Sam Allardyce’s sacking
The Premier League could be set for a summer of new managerial acquisitions, with West Ham United now searching for a new coach after sacking Sam Allardyce, and Newcastle United’s John Carver seemingly likely for an exit from Tyneside.
East London outfit West Ham enjoyed a sensational start to their season, incredibly flirting with a Champions League position, but a stuttering finish to the campaign saw the Hammers stumble outside of a top 10 place, as Everton clinched 10th spot.
West Ham are a best priced 7/1 with Sky Bet to face relegation next season, having given Allardyce the boot following a defeat to Newcastle on the final day of the top-flight season, with former Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic the favourite to replace him at Upton Park.
Despite being shown the door by the Hammers’ hierarchy only minutes after their last day loss to the Magpies, sacked coach Allardyce claimed the move was a mutual one.
“I didn’t want to stay. I suppose you could say it was mutual if they didn’t want me to stay either,” stated Allardyce.
Along with Bilic, current Napoli manager and former Anfield boss Rafael Benitez is another managerial target, though the Spaniard is reportedly set to replace Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid.
“I thought it was the right time to leave – and probably the right time for me and the club,” added the ex-Bolton and Newcastle boss Allardyce.
Allardyce will undoubtedly be on the wishlist of many clubs, but the 60-year-old has outlined plans for an imminent break from another managerial role.
“For me four years is a long time and I don’t want to overstay my welcome. You have to commit your whole life to being a Premier League manager,” he continued.
“It’s time to have that break. I’m looking to have a break, recharge the batteries and when the batteries are recharged you are better prepared to carry on doing the job at this level.
“It’s not just a job I’m after, it’s the right job. You can never say never but I can’t see myself being in charge of another football club at the start of next season.”
Newcastle could also soon be on the hunt for a new boss, with current coach Carver possibly set for an exit, despite leading the club to Premier League survival on the final day of the season.
Steve McClaren is the odds-on 4/5 favourite with Bet Victor to take over the Toon, while former Manchester United manager David Moyes is 4/1 with the same bookmakers to succeed Carver.
Betting tip: Steve McClaren next Newcastle boss @ 4/5 with Bet Victor