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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce favourite to be first Premiership manager to leave post

BetVictor are already offering odds on who will be the next Premier League manager to leave his post and make West Ham boss Sam Allardyce 7/1 favourite.

Steve Bruce was the first top-flight chief to go last season when Sunderland wielded the axe in November and he was followed by Neil Warnock of QPR, Mick McCarthy of Wolves and Chelsea’s Andre Villas-Boas.

The managerial merry-go-round continued at the end of the campaign, with Roy Hodgson leaving West Brom to take charge of England, while Alex McLeish of Aston Villa, Kenny Dalglish of Liverpool and Tottenham’s Harry Redknapp were all sacked.

Brendan Rodgers then switched from Swansea to Anfield and Paul Lambert moved from Norwich to Villa Park and most pundits are expecting more of the same next term.

Allardyce looks vulnerable with former Hammers boss Redknapp currently out of work, while past history suggests Roberto Di Matteo will need to make a fast start at Stamford Bridge and he is 8/1 in the sack race market alongside new West Brom chief Steve Clarke.

Recently-appointed Norwich manager Chris Hughton is 10/1 to fall first, with Martin Jol of Fulham and Wigan’s Roberto Martinez both 12/1 and Swansea coach Michael Laudrup 14/1.

Alan Pardew, Martin O’Neill, Arsene Wenger, Roberto Mancini and Sir Alex Ferguson are rated the safest Premier League managers, with each priced at 33/1 to go next.

 
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Baldock to fight for place

Striker determined to force his way into Hammers side

 

Sam Baldock: Endured a frustrating end to his first season at Upton ParkSam Baldock: Endured a frustrating end to his first season at Upton Park

Sam Baldock is determined to prove that he is worthy of a regular role at West Ham, as they ready themselves for a Premier League return.

The highly-rated striker linked up with the Hammers last summer after being lured away from the MK Dons.

He netted five times in his first nine games, but saw first team opportunities dwindle as the season wore on.

Baldock played a bit-part role as the Hammers secured promotion back to the top-flight through the play-offs, but is convinced that he can fight his way back into contention in 2012/13.

“I don’t see why I can’t take this opportunity to stake my claim,” said Baldock, who scored in a pre-season friendly defeat to Austria Vienna on Saturday.

“Everyone knows that during the second half of last year I was very frustrated.

“I’m a footballer who wants to play football at the end of the day. I’ve been working hard and hopefully I’ll be given a chance to show what I can do.”

 
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