17 May 2011

Hammers expect to name new manager soon

6:01 am on 17 May 2011

The English football club West Ham United hope to appoint a new manager in the next two to three weeks after parting company with Avram Grant.

The club announced his exit after yesterday's defeat at Wigan, which resulted in them being relegated from the Premier League.

Former England coach Steve McClaren is the bookmakers' favourite.

First-team coach Kevin Keen has been placed in temporary charge and is second-favourite alongside ex-Newcastle manager Chris Hughton.

Queen's Park Rangers boss Neil Warnock, ex-Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce and former Hammers defender Slaven Bilic are also among the reported contenders.