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Hughton the new favourite to take over at West Ham

| 17.05.2011

Chris Hughton is the third different manager in 24 hours to be installed as the favourite to take over from Avram Grant at West Ham.

Neil Warnock was initially the market leader following rumours that he could be sacked by QPR despite leading them to the Championship title.

However, this soon changed after Warnock revealed that talks with the QPR board had finished with the indication that he would be in charge of the club in the Premier League next season.

Warnock is now available at 7/2 in the West Ham odds to be the club’s next manager.

Steve McClaren quickly replaced Warnock as favourite and was as short as 1/2 at one point to take over at Upton Park.

But the former England boss has ruled himself out of the West Ham job because he is against being a manager in the Championship and would rather take over at a Premier League club.

These two decisions have resulted in former Newcastle boss Hughton emerging as the new favourite to manage West Ham at 9/4.

Hughton was born in the local area and is well regarded following a largely successful spell at Newcastle.

Not only did he get them promoted at the first attempt from the Championship, but also appeared to making good progress in the Premier League this season, before being somewhat surprisingly sacked.

Another reason why Hughton may be favoured is because he is currently unattached, which makes him one of the cheaper options for a club that needs to save money where possible.

Gus Poyet has done a fine job at Brighton this season in overseeing their promotion to the Championship and he has been backed into 5/1 from 14/1 to be named as the next West Ham boss.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.