Alan Pardew looks to be presiding over a disaster at West Brom.

The Baggies supporters were so relieved to escape the Tony Pulis style of football, they have largely been restrained in the criticism of the former Newcastle United chancer, despite a nightmare since he arrived at The Hawthorns.

West Brom have only won one Premier League match in the three months since Alan Pardew arrived.

A record of only one win in 13 PL matches leaving them rock bottom on 20 points, seven points from safety and odds on favourites to be relegated.

When Alan Pardew was at Newcastle, the subject of mid-season warm weather breaks was never a popular one with the fans.

With the very public Mike Ashley policy of not trying in the cups, it always ensured that Newcastle never got beyond the fourth round of the FA Cup which presented repeated opportunities to have these breaks.

Despite West Brom having reached the fifth round of the FA Cup, the Baggies have still flown off for a mid-season break in Barcelona.

However, it appears to have ended with disaster, as The Sun published an exclusive claiming that four senior players had allegedly stolen a taxi after a night out.

West Brom have now released an official statement confirming that there has indeed been an incident involving a quartet of senior players, with disciplinary procedures likely to follow.

Rafa Benitez recently gave his own opinion (read below) on whether these warm weather mid-season breaks were a good idea.

The Sun:

‘Four West Brom players were quizzed by cops after allegedly stealing a taxi to get back to their hotel after a night out.

‘Police were called after the footballers were said to have driven off in the cab from a McDonald’s drive-through and abandoned it outside their luxury five-star Spanish hotel before going up to their bedrooms.’

West Bromwich Albion Official Statement:

‘The Club can confirm that four senior players were involved in an incident during this week’s mid-winter training trip to Spain.

The Club has instigated its own investigation into the incident and the players will be subject to the full rigours of our internal disciplinary procedures.

Until such time as that investigation has been completed, the Club will not be making any further comment.’

Rafa Benitez talking about the idea of mid-season warm weather breaks to the Chronicle:

“Our idea is to train and keep the players happy with their families.

“Some people prefer to go away at this time of year.

“But when you are travelling away throughout the season in the Premier League and the cups and you are also training most days I don’t think players get the time to spend with their family.

“So if you can give them that time back it is much better for them.

“But then you can go there and it will be raining.

“The families may then get upset that the husband is away for one week.

“It’s about creating the right atmosphere for players and families.

“I think that is much better than just getting a couple of days in the sunshine.”

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    It`s a wonder Mr Scumbag wasn`t driving, that [email protected]@ka`s slippery when dry

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  • TheFatController

    taxi for Pardew …?

  • Dillon Tovak

    Classic stuff.

  • mactoon

    Pardew loves a bit of sun, nothing to do with the good of the players. What a mess

  • Paul Patterson

    Can’t say it’s our problem. In fact it’s actually good for us as there is one less relegation spot to take care of.
    On the subject of winter breaks- There is no point, why take players out of -2 temperatures, put them in 15+ degree temperatures and then bring them back into -2 degree temperatures. It’s heightening the risk of injuries if nowt else. Buffoonery!

  • Peaky Magpie

    None of it will be his fault of course…🤣

    • Rich Lawson

      It will shortly be revealed by The Sun that he was in fact the taxi driver who got stiffed, whilst asking the takeaway staff if they needed any part time workers over the weekend

      • Peaky Magpie

        Well he did say in the not too distant past him & Carver have a good history of “delivering”……Dominos !

  • Alex

    With the ‘Dream Team’ of Pardew and Carver running the club, what’s not to love about West Brom?

    Nothing really against WBA, but if their demise brings down the final curtain of Pardew’s career in football, it’ll be ‘job well done’.

    • Angelswithdirtyfaces

      There’ll still be some League 2 club that would take him on :)

  • TheNutJob

    2nd in line for wor kids wood chipper, Fattys 1st

  • Peaky Magpie

    The 4 are…Evans,Barry,Livermore & Myhill…

    • TheFatController

      The trick in management is to have high standards for yourself, and keep to them.

      That way when you reprimand, say, 4 pros for ‘borrowing’ a taxi, they aren’t thinking ‘well, at least t’s not a headbutt, or calling someone a [email protected], on the touch line…’

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      • Cockneytrev

        You’ve summed it up perfectly,,

    • nufcslf

      Stupid rse holes comes to mind. Whatever happened to, don’t get caught at any cost. Going to do something daft , my plan of attack is if it all goes to sh*t……

  • Benmagpie

    It was a taxi for two…. Pardew to look for a new job and Sturridge coz he’s too injured to walk ……dodged a bullet there I reckon

  • nufcslf

    Absolutely f**king priceless. Couldn’t of happen to a bigger clown that should have never got a job as a manager ever again in the first place. As for the player’s involved, what a bunch of toss pots. Funny reading all the same for the neutral.

  • Dave Pattinson

    Got to have sympathy for Baggies fans. Chatting to them at away game in Nov when he got the job they were so happy, simply because the Pulis style of playing was awful to watch, and they’d had enough. I didn’t want to dash their hopes entirely, but I did urge them not too be over-optimistic about Pardiola. Their response was, ‘Anyone but Pulis, mate’. Understandable. Like us, they’ve stayed loyal despite yrs of winning nowt and still turn up, they’ve had their share of dodgy managers/owners etc, and like us, deserve something better. Its also a good away trip, good craic and beer, even if recent games have been pretty average. Shame, but it looks like some of the players might already have given up, maybe its time for action-man JC to wade into the dressing room and use his motivational skills?

    • Cockneytrev

      I also feel for the baggies,, always had a warm welcome when we played there,,

  • robbersdog

    They didn’t read the 11th Commandment – Thou Shalt Not Get Found Out.