Can relegated Newcastle, West Brom & Middlesbrough bounce back to the Premier League?
Despite the English Coca-Cola Championship already looking likely to be the tightest of divisions, the three relegated Premiership sides are all up amongst the pace-setters, with William Hill offering 16/1 that all three – Middlesbrough, Newcastle and West Bromwich Albion win promotion.
And Hills now make Alan Shearer clear favourite to be manager of troubled Newcastle on January 1st, 2010, they have cut his odds from 2/1 to 6/5, and also offer: 10/3 Chris Hughton, 9/2 Colin Calderwood, 7/1 Kevin Keegan, 9/1 Joe Kinnear, 16/1 Aidy Boothroyd, 20/1 Alan Curbishley, 20/1 Lee Clark, 33/1 David Ginola, 33/1 Steve Bruce.
'With one of the groups interested in buying the club indicating that they will approach Alan Shearer should they complete a takeover, he has been well backed to be in charge at the turn of the year' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
Hills are also offering odds about where Newcastle will finish in the table and make them 5/1 to win the title, 7/2 to finish second, 6/4 to reach the play-offs, 9/4 to finish 7th-12th, 10/1 - 13th-21st, and 33/1 to be relegated.
Latest William Hill Championship title odds: 9/2 West Brom, 5/1 Middlesbrough, 5/1 Newcastle, 8/1 Sheff Utd, 8/1 Cardiff, 16/1 Ipswich, 16/1 Leicester, 20/1 Reading, 20/1 Bristol City, 22/1 Preston, 28/1 QPR, 28/1 Nottingham Forest, 33/1 Derby, 40/1 Peterborough, 40/1 Coventry, 50/1 Crystal Palace, 66/1 Swansea, 66/1 Sheff Weds, 100/1 Watford, 100/1 Doncaster, 125/1 Plymouth, 175/1 Blackpool, 300/1 Scunthorpe, 300/1 Barnsley.
See page 44 of the new issue of Gambling magazine for a full preview of your best bets in the Premier League, Football League and Blue Square Conference.