By Russell Edge

18th May, 2017 | 11:32am

Betting update: Former PL champ installed as heavy favourite to join West Ham

By Russell Edge

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has been named as odds-on favourite to become the next permanent West Ham manager.

Paddy Power have named the Italian manager at 4/7 to take over from current Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, making him the firm favourite to take the helm at the London Stadium.

Behind Mancini follows current Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi on 6/1 and Championship bosses Slavisa Jokanovic and David Wagner, both priced at 8/1.

Mancini is currently out of a job after leaving Inter Milan on a mutual agreement in August of 2016, and is believed to be interested in a return to England.

He spent three and a half years in charge of Manchester City, leading them to their first ever Premier League title in 2012, while also picking up the FA Cup the year before.

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Fulham boss Jokanovic will be licking his wounds after suffering a play-off semi-final defeat to Reading, missing the opportunity to play Wagner’s Huddersfield in the final.

The news comes as West Ham come to the end of their Premier League season, which has failed to live up to the highs of their last campaign.

The Hammers were dumped out of the Europa League at the play-off stage by Romanian side Astra Giurgiu and they were unable to emulate last season’s record-breaking points haul, which also secured a seventh placed finish.

Instead Bilic’s side go into their final day clash away at Burnley knowing victory could realistically only push them as high as 11th, while defeat could see four teams leapfrog them, including their opponents on Sunday.

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