Presidential candidate Barack Obama bizarrely been backed by a British punter as the next manager of English soccer team West Ham United.
The London club, known as the Hammers, announced yesterday that manager Alan Curbishley had left after less than two years in charge blaming a ‘breach of trust confidence’ and persistent rumours that he was about to be sacked. Despite West Ham’s best start to the season in nine years, Curbishley beat Kevin Keegan from fellow Premiership team Newcastle United as the first managerial casualty of the new season. Online bookmaker Bet365.com has installed former player and the current boss of the Croatian national team, 39-year-old Slaven Bilic, as the 5/2 favourite to take over from the Londoner but one punter decided to put his stake on a long shot.
“The client, a London-based businessman who is a frequent visitor to the States, asked for a price about Obama to be the new Hammers'''' boss and explained that he wants the betting slip to show to his American friends and clients,” said Graham Sharpe, Spokesperson for William Hill.
“We did a little research and discovered that Obama has indeed been reported as saying that he follows West Ham. We offered odds of 10,000/1 as he is probably more concerned with winning a slightly higher profile job for himself at the moment but if he loses out on that one and the position is still up for grabs, you never know.”
William Hill is currently quoting Obama as the 4/9 favourite to beat 13/8 rival John McCain to become the next President of the United States in November.