Alan Pardew is expected to be named as the new West Brom manager before the weekend.
The bookies make him the odds on favourite, whilst there are widespread reports that not only has he already been interviewed for the job, but he is the only candidate.
Having been ignored for a number of Premier League posts that have opened up this season, Pardew’s previous working relationship with Nicky Hammond (West Brom’s Director of Football) is said to have been key to his impending appointment.
Sacked almost a year ago, the out of work manager stated in June (see below) that rather than looking abroad or the lower divisions, he was waiting for Premier League managers to be sacked and one of the clubs to then call him to come in.
Amazingly, his patience appears to have paid off, with the rule seemingly been followed that no matter how many times certain English Managers fail and get sacked, they will eventually get a job somewhere else.
Below we have published what West Brom fans are saying about the seemingly certain Alan Pardew appointment.
West Brom are away to Spurs on Saturday and so maybe no surprise is if the plan is to delay Pardew’s appointment until it is too late to work with the players and take charge of that game, which could be a heavy defeat.
Maybe a case of Alan Pardew watching that one from the stands and hope he can make a big impact in what would be a first home game on Tuesday night against…Newcastle United.
Alan Pardew talking to Sky Sports – 21 June 2017:
“As a manager, you have to wait for that phone call to come and then you have to make a decision whether the project is going to be right.
“You don’t want people to get the sack…but unfortunately when you’re out of work, you have to keep an eye on things and see where the course is going.
“It will be a big year for the Premier League this year. There’s big money in it, so it has to be spent wisely.
“People will be looking and there will be mistakes made so hopefully I can come and help when that happens.”
West Brom fans commenting via West Brom Index message board:
‘Alan Pardew has a proven track record of long losing streaks and not knowing how to halt the slide.
Ask any supporters of his previous clubs about him and they are amazed clowns like him keep getting new jobs.
Why do clubs keep recycling the same rubbish?
If he was French he wouldn’t get a job at a league 1 club.
When the inevitable happens and our out of touch chairman appoint him let’s be real and not pretend it’s a good appointment it’s pathetic if/when it happens.’
‘Mr Pardew is not my 1st or 2nd or 3rd choice…’
‘Only thing that worries me about Pardew is what if he never gets the hot run that he usually gets when he enters a team and he can’t lift our morale, he seems incapable of pulling teams out of a rut which is an extremely worrying trait for a manager heading into a relegation battle team.
It’s still going to be an improvement on Pulis and it’ll be genuinely exciting to visit the Hawthorns again as a positive team (hopefully).’
‘He took Newcastle into Europe.
It is also evident that he tends to lose the dressing room after a time, and abysmal form follows.
His win rate % is far superior to anything we have been used to of late so we have to give him a chance.’
‘Well i’ve read he likes genuine wingers…’
‘Although Pardew’s win percentage is generally reasonable in the top flight, what worries me about him is reading things like:
West Ham: “Pardew was criticised after seeing West Ham through their worst run of defeats in over 70 years”
Charlton: “Hundreds of supporters remained for more than an hour to condemn their manager, chanting ‘we want Pardew out'”
Sothampton: “Pardew was dismissed by the club amidst reports of low staff morale”
Newcastle: “This was arguably the worst personal abuse a Newcastle manager has had to endure at any game…some fans created a website Sackpardew.com….printing of 30,000 A4 sheets calling for his dismissal”
Palace: “Pardew was sacked as manager on 22 December 2016; Palace had won only 6 matches of 36 played in 2016”
Looking at the above, you have to wonder what he’s learned during his career, as it seems to be a case of rinse and repeat in almost every job he’s had.’
‘I am resigned to it being Pardew.
For what it’s worth I was in the anyone but Pulis camp and although I won’t disguise my disappointment with Pardew there is one important factor that will change is that he is much more of a front foot coach and that is a relief.
I would have been utterly dismayed had we bought in another defensive coach like Allardyce or Martin O’Neill.’
‘Personally still concerned about Pardew.
I admit some of his credentials seem to fit the bill but it all smacks of a lack of ambition and ‘adventure’. Lets hope I’m wrong.
However would be distraught at the thought of Big Sam.’
‘Just been checking Pardew’s antics out on youtube. The guy is a lunatic.
We’ve got to have him, for the entertainment value if nothing else.’
‘Pardew would be alright, he’s got a bit of an unfair reputation when you actually look at his record, couple of cup finals in his time too.
The only job he’s ever actually been properly bad at was Charlton.’
‘McInnes and Michael O’Neill are rated as two of the best young managers around and are highly sought after for a reason yet some on here would rather have dinosaurs like Allardyce and Pardew. I’ve even seen Sherwood mentioned!’