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Sullivan’s record means West Ham likely relegation not all bad news

| 10.05.2011

If West Ham are relegated from the Premier League this season then there are some strong reasons for fans to believe that they will make a quick return to the top flight.

It is 1/12 in the Premier League odds that West Ham drop into the Championship and they must win both of their final games and rely on other results to go in their favour if they are to have any hope of staying up.

Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have not given up hope of survival, but understand the slim likelihood of this happening.

It is likely to cost the duo £40m of their own money to keep West Ham afloat should they not avoid the drop, but they understand what it takes to bounce back to the Premier League from their time together previously at Birmingham.

Sullivan told the London Evening Standard: ”We are not down yet, but I admit it is not looking good. I have been relegated three times before, on every occasion gaining automatic promotion the following season, but this one will hurt me the most if it happens.

“Should the worst happen, we will have to inject loans of £20-£40million, depending on circumstances, which will probably never be repaid.”

West Ham visit Wigan next and a defeat would guarantee their relegation to the Championship, while a draw would as good as send them down.

The Hammers are 7/4 to beat Wigan, although they have lost their last three away games and have won just once on the road in 2011, which was at the other team currently in the relegation places, Blackpool.

The home team has prevailed in five of the last six meetings between the pair and it is 6/5 that Wigan beat West Ham, while 9/4 is available on the game ending all-square.

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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.