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Ancelotti 20/1 to take charge of West Ham United next season

| 23.05.2011

The worst kept secret in football finally came to fruit after Carlo Ancelotti and Chelsea parted company last night.

Just an hour after finishing the final game of the 2010/11 Premier League season, Chelsea’s chief executive Ron Gourlay told Ancelotti that he was no longer wanted at Chelsea and Guus Hiddink is the 2/1 favourite to take the Chelsea hot seat.

Chelsea haven’t won many fans with their treatment of Ancelotti, but Chelsea’s loss could be West Ham’s gain.

Following his comments in the News Of The World yesterday, Ancelotti is 20/1 to take on the West Ham managerial job next season.

Speaking to the Sunday paper, Ancelotti said: “I would coach West Ham – why not.”

“It’s a challenge to manage a team outside of the top four and even in the Championship. The atmosphere at West Ham is amazing and I can say the same about football in the Championship.”

Ancelotti has also stated his desire to remain working in England although rumours suggest the Chelsea inserted a clause in the Italian’s contract prohibiting him from managing in the Premier League for a year.

Which would leave the West Ham vacancy as the only viable option for Ancelotti and the 20/1 could be a huge price especially as he’s as short as 8/1 with other firms.

Alex McLeish is the 2/1 favourite to take over at Upton Park next season following Birmingham City’s relegation yesterday, but Chris Hughton still remains a strongly-backed fancy at 9/4.

Current caretaker manager Kevin Keen is 14/1 to take charge next season but many feel his chances have been harmed following a 3-0 home defeat to Sunderland on the final day of the Premier League season.

Sam Allardyce and Dave Jones are 8/1 shots while Neil Warnock and Martin O’Neill both available at 9/1.

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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.