Grant Holt looks even more certain to be leaving Norwich after West Ham made an offer for him and William Hill make him 4/7 to join Sam Allardyces side, 11/8 to join former manager, Paul Lambert at Aston Villa and 9/1 to stay at Carrow Road. With Aston Villa now having confirmed Lambert as their manager and given the Villains recent propensity to only keep their managers for the one season, Hills are offering 5/2 that the former Norwich man is not in charge on the first day of the 2013/14 season. Lambert is 1/9 to take Villa to a higher position than their 16th position that they finished under Alex McLeish.
Lambert is a fantastic manager and we fully expect him to lead Villa up the table next year, said Hills spokesman Joe Crilly. He did have some good players at his disposal at Carrow Road and he could be joined by one of his old cohorts at Villa Park should West Ham not bag Grant Holt.
Hills make Chris Hughton the 5/4 favourite to replace Lambert, with Malky Macky 7/4 and Steve Bruce 3/1.
Who will Grant Holt be playing for at the start of the 2012/13 Premier League season: 4/7 West Ham; 11/8 Aston Villa; 9/1 Norwich; 12/1 Sunderland; 16/1 Everton; 20/1 Tottenham; 25/1 Stoke; 33/1 Newcastle; 33/1 Fulham; 40/1 Liverpool
Paul Lambert to still be at Villa on the start of the 2013/14 season: 2/7 yes; 5/2 no
Aston Villa to finish higher than 2011/12 season: 1/9 Higher than 16th; 5/1 lower than 16th; 9/1 Finish 16th
Next permanent Norwich manager: 5/4 Chris Hughton; 7/4 Malky Mackay; 3/1 Steve Bruce; 6/1 Lee Clark; 6/1 Tim Sherwood; 10/1 Ian Culverhouse; 12/1 Ole Gunnar Solksjaer; 14/1 Gus Poyet; 14/1 Ala Curbishley; 14/1Gianfranco Zola; 14/1 Ian Holloway; 16/1 Roberto Martinez; 16/1 Mick McCarthy; 25/1 BAR
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