As Newcastle fans know all too well, Alan Pardew is never short of excuses.
He will desperately point the finger at anyone and anything, to try and deflect the blame away from himself.
Now he is already at it with West Brom.
Since taking over at The Hawthorns, Pardew has failed to win any of his seven matches and the Baggies have only scored three goals in 11 hours of football.
No surprise then that Alan Pardew is getting his excuses in early before a crucial relegation clash at West Ham tonight, it is third bottom playing second bottom.
BBC Sport have revealed that Pardew tried to get the match postponed!
The excuse being that his team are having to play too many games in quick succession.
Hmmm, this is hardly a new phenomenon, English football and a crowded festive programme is kind of traditional.
The West Brom boss has a particular problem with playing two games within 48 hours of each other, having played at home to Arsenal on Sunday and now West Ham on Tuesday.
How exactly this is any different to Newcastle playing Brighton on Saturday and Stoke on Monday…
In fact, Newcastle have had to play Wednesday (Man City), Saturday, Monday, whereas West Brom have had Tuesday, Sunday, Tuesday.
So Newcastle had three games over a five day stretch and West Brom three matches over a seven day one.
‘West Brom have complained to the Premier League about their crowded fixture list and asked for Tuesday’s visit to West Ham to be postponed.
The Baggies, who salvaged a late draw against Arsenal on Sunday, are set for a second match in 48 hours in a key basement battle at London Stadium.
Manager Alan Pardew said: “The league’s got to be stronger and say two days is not right.”
The Hammers will have had a week since their last game on Boxing Day.
However, they too will face a second match in 48 hours as they play Tottenham – who will also be playing a second match in two days – at Wembley on Thursday.
West Ham’s televised game against Spurs was moved from Sunday to Thursday because of safety concerns with the tube stations around Wembley at reduced capacity on New Year’s Eve.
The Safety Advisory Group at the national stadium could only recommend 43,000 fans be admitted, less than half the usual amount.’