Only Alan Pardew could claim a positive from keeping team up who had finished fifth the season before
Like certain other deluded British managers, Alan Pardew talks a good game, where reality becomes very distorted.
Presiding over a disaster at West Brom, he has overseen one Premier League win since taking over three months ago, a total breakdown in team discipline with ‘Taxi-Gate’ in Barcelona this week, then exiting the FA Cup to Southampton at home on Saturday.
In the build up to yesterday’s match, many West Brom fans were predicting the sack, especially if playing any of the senor professionals who had misbehaved in Barcelona and then going on on to lost to the Saints.
In typical style, Alan Pardew did things in his own way, playing two (Barry and Evans) of those who had transgressed, with another (Myhill) on the bench and the fourth (Livermore) injured.
The 2-1 defeat hasn’t brought the boot as yet and Alan Pardew is bigging himself up once again.
Admitting that he got Charlton relegated but pointing out how he ‘got out of this situation before at Newcastle and Crystal Palace’.
When he got Newcastle ‘out of this situation’ it was 2012/13.
The previous season the Magpies had finished fifth, yet they went into the final away game of the season still under threat of relegation.
A 2-1 win at QPR ensured Newcastle were staying up. Not the greatest of outcomes after Alan Pardew had taken all the plaudits for the same group of players finishing fifth that season before.
West Brom are seven points behind fourth bottom Huddersfield and the two teams play each other at The Hawthorns next Saturday, anything but a win will surely ensure Pardew gets the sack, with only 12 games left.
If he does manage to cling onto his job then it will be an interesting end to the season, as West Brom play Newcastle and Crystal Palace away from home in their last and very final games.
I must admit, every time I hear him speak these days, I am just so glad that Alan Pardew is no longer our problem.
Alan Pardew asked if he is the right man to keep West Brom up:
“I hope so because I’m an experienced manager.
“I have experienced this situation before.
“Once I have been relegated, at Charlton.
“But I have got out of this situation before at Newcastle and Crystal Palace, I’m determined to get out of this one as well.
“We have got to stay injury free, we have got to try and get a win against Huddersfield, then take that momentum into the next few games.
“Three wins in this division, as Swansea have proven, changes your position massively.
“That is what we need to do.”
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