It is looking like ‘Taxi-Gate’ is going to be the straw that broke the camel’s back where Alan Pardew and West Brom are concerned.

Up until this point, West Brom fans had in the main resolutely/blindly tried to back the manager despite the disaster unfolding at the club.

Appointed in November, only one Premier League win has been achieved in the three months since.

Now with discipline in the playing squad seeming to be at rock bottom, and respect for Alan Pardew reported to be all but-non-existent, today could be the West Brom boss’ last stand.

At 3pm on Saturday afternoon, West Brom take on Southampton (where Alan Pardew was sacked from in the third tier before Ashley appointed him…) in the FA Cup and defeat could well ensure his sacking.

On Friday when news broke of the incident in Spain, Alan Pardew was backed down to 4/1 to be the Next Premier League Manager To Go, and on Saturday he’s been further backed down, now even money (1/1) favourite.

As you can see from the West Brom fans’ comments below, it looks like he is going to be very lucky to survive this one.

BBC Sport:

‘West Brom players Gareth Barry, Jonny Evans, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill have apologised – after a taxi was stolen from outside a fast-food restaurant in Barcelona on Thursday.

The quartet were interviewed but not arrested by police after the incident, which happened in the early hours of the morning and is being investigated by the Premier League club.

“We felt it important we identify ourselves out of respect for team-mates who otherwise could be implicated by association,” they said in a statement.

West Brom and Northern Ireland defender Evans 30, former England midfielder Barry 36, England international Livermore, 28, and reserve goalkeeper Myhill, 35, said they wanted to apologise for “breaking the curfew” and for “the events which have been the subject of widespread and negative publicity”.

West Brom fans commenting via their top West Brom Index message board:

‘For me Alan Pardew needs to go after the southampton game regardless of the result.

It’s obvious the players don’t have any respect for him and obvious that he’s lost the dressing room already.

Get another gaffer in and give him the 11 games and a chance to get 17 points for this season. Contract till end of the season and a good pay out if we are safe. No way can I see Pardew surviving.

On the other hand, we all need to get behind the boys and make sure we’re loud and proud and get that win!’

‘I think Pardew should stay and not pick any of the four who have disrespected him and the club for the remainder of the season.

Even if that means we go down and he gets the sack as a result, I believe it will put us in a better starting position to move on.

If any of those four even make it to the subs bench tomorrow I think Pardew deserves everything he gets.’

‘Unfortunately for him, those players may have put the final nail in.  I did post before I thought he might get the chop if we don’t win today……..

If any of those players are involved today and we lose……he will defo go.’

‘I think after this, f we lose 2/3-0 today, Pardew’s head is on the block.

It’ll be our only chance of survival and Andy Goldstein’s assessment that we still have time to turn it around if we change manager may very well be correct after this debacle.’

‘There are now reports of a “rotten” atmosphere in the club.’

‘Maybe if we change manager we might get that new bloke bounce and might even get the bounce we are owed (from when Pardew took over in November).’

‘Get rid. I could do better.’

‘I would put all four in the side today…get on with it! The team bonding may have worked!

Imagine the banter they are having!’

‘I wanted us to give Pardew a 6 month contract with the option of a 1 yr rolling contract if he kept us up or at worst an 18 month contract I certainly didn’t expect the 30 month contract we apparently offered him.’

‘Just my view but reading what Pards has said in his press conference, it sounds like he is a dead man walking.’

‘Employing someone with a history of winning football matches is a good start.’

‘At least Pardew has moved us on from parking the bus. Parking the taxi is a whole new level.’

‘Given the seniority of the players involved in this stupid and despicable incident, I suspect it puts AP on even thinner ice than he was already in the eyes of Jenkins, who I imagine is running an autocracy at present.

Anything other than our best performance and a victory tomorrow could well see AP sacked on Sunday. Even a performance/victory might not be enough.’

‘You’d have to think it would almost certainly be the end of him being a manager in the Premier League.’

‘Pardew is dead man walking.

Taxigate is not his  fault but it happened on his watch on trip that was no doubt his idea. It also demonstrates that his senior players have zero respect for his authority.

The two executives responsible for his appointment have been sacked in part for hiring him. I can’t see him making the end of the season at this rate.’

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Waffling on in Pardish on Sky, Mr Tricky Dicky.
    Newcastle, Palace now West Brom all Pardewed, you couldn`t make it up

    • Peaky Magpie


  • George

    I hope WBA keep Pards, One team sure to go down.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      I think they should give him a chance to turn it around for sure….

      • Andy Mac


  • Wor Lass

    I don`t particularly think our obsession with Pardew is a good thing but I do agree with George, below. Pardew is famous for his mega losing binges and should ensure there are only two relegation places for us to steer clear of if he stays.

    • Polarboy

      To be fair they are a relegation rival, so it is relevant to our season.

      • Wor Lass

        True enough.

  • East Durham Mag

    Opinions on Pardews talent are starkly different. Poor Alan is under the misapprehension he is great and most others opinion is the exact opposite.

  • Polarboy

    It’s astounding that he even still gets jobs in the premier. He must be a master at licking ar*e. Then of course he has the old boys network going for him. How many clueless chairmen have been fooled by executives who are old mates with Pards.

  • Toon

    3rd article on Pardew, fans views must surely be followed by a Mag poll on his future, looking forward to it, vote now!

    • Jezza

      The prospect of Pardew’s inevitible future in football fills me with absolute dread.

      • Georgia Peter

        And to think there were whispers of him getting the England job…..hmm..!

        • GToon

          Him and that southern counties select 11 deserve each other.

        • Rich Lawson

          After Southgate blows the World Cup,he is clearly the most ineffectual choice for the FA,get your bet(victor) on now.

      • Rich Lawson

        He’ll hang on for the England job after the World Cup now.

        • Jezza

          It’s not the England job I’m worried about him getting this summer.

  • Mike

    and the press slated us cos we drove him out……..

  • TheFatController

    Any of our players flaunting a curfew would come back to Lascelles and his adoption of Queensberry Rules …

    • East Durham Mag

      Rightly so.

      • TheFatController

        I think we all feel confident that we have a captain who doesn’t shy away from pulling up any disrespect to the ‘united’ efforts of supporters, manager and players.

        Imagine if we had an owner buying into those values…

  • Cockneytrev

    Where is the troll with multiple aliases, who has constantly backed Ashley as well as Pardew? And where are all the pundits, (Ian Wright , simon Jordan etc) who slagged us off for our opinion of Pardew, I won’t hold my breath for an apologise,, hopefully it will come out in the future how he (and kinnear) got his job with us and why he got an 8 year contract,,,,

    • Big Al 1967

      To be honest the bloke should have been unemployable when he stuck the nut on David Meyler at Hull.
      However let us not forget the very same critics that abused the club for not sacking him were the very same ones who them hammered us for’ forcing’ him out. Strange that not to mention they never bring up his Double Your Money contact he was offered by Palace

      • Cockneytrev


      • Rich Lawson

        It wasn’t even a proper nut,more of a rub !

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    to the surprise of literally no one outside of Alan Pardew himself(and maybe the CEO of West Brom).

  • robbersdog

    Why do Premier League clubs keep employing Pardew? He ‘looks’ the part, he’s slick, confident and always talks a good game. But strip away the image and the gobby bullsh*t, and he’s strictly third-rate.

    Today could well be not only his West Brom swansong, but the end of his top-flight managerial career. But then again, I wouldn’t put it past the buffoonish Mike Ashley to bring him back to Newcastle if Rafa walks at the end of the season.

    • Georgia Peter

      PorcI street,
      Robber, you’re giving me nightmares saying things like that, as if things wer’nt bad enough.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Id happily put up with him being on skysports if it means he never ever ever ever ever gets near the Newcastle job again. Id never put anything beyond Ashley #sigh

    Him being on the job market again fills me with dread.

    • Jezza

      It fille me with dread too. From a Newcastle United point of view nothing good can come from Pardew being sacked by West Brom.

  • Geordiegiants

    I bet those four had a right laugh when they drove the taxi back, it’s what life is about. It will be story to be told for years and years. All this 💩 about role models, blah blah blah 🤪.

    • Polarboy

      I bet you’d being laughing your boll*cks off if it was your taxi that was nicked as well. Or if those players, who were clearly off their faces, had knocked someone over on their way back to their hotel, which could easily have happened. Stealing some blokes car and driving drunk is not what life’s about, unless that is you’re a complete tw*t.

      • Geordiegiants

        So you have lived a whiter than white life have you?
        You haven’t done a single thing in your life that hasn’t affected someone else? Yeah it’s a bit of a sh’ts trick on the driver, but I’m more than sure he was was very well compensated.
        Nothing did happen nobody was killed or hurt or injured. What if the Monoors had bought Newcastle, what if John Hall had never taken Newcastle in all those years ago, what if we had unearthed Messi.
        What if is so pathetic.

        • Polarboy

          If I have I haven’t thought, well that was a bit bants wasn’t it, just what life is all about. And saying it was fine because this time nobody got hurt is a sh*t defence of drink driving. There is no defence of drink driving. It’s idiotic plain and simple.

          • Geordiegiants

            Well you need to lighten up a bit then, because everyone does stupid things and regrets it. People going on and on makes nothing change, it’s a life experience and will be a story that is told until they die. They are young men being daft and we have all been there, nobody died or got hurt man. You may not have done exactly what they have done, but they haven’t done the things you have done, so why be so hypocritical of other people’s mistakes.

          • Polarboy

            Our back and forth here has very little to do with the people in question. I have no idea how sorry or not they feel about it. What it is about is your attitude that it was all a big laugh. Nicking someone’s car and livelihood, however temporary, and driving drunk is not a big laugh, end of.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah I get where your coming from, but it’s happened and will be a funny story in years to come. Get over it man it’s nowt!

          • Dillon Tovak

            Barry is about 35, Johnny Evans is also no spring chicken.
            If they were 19, you could say “oh well they’re kids, hopefully they’ll learn”. But drink driving at their age, hang your heads in shame.

          • Geordiegiants

            It’s all out of order, I’m not saying isn’t. Drinking and driving especially, but it’s happened and there was no harm done man! So what’s the big problem?

          • Dillon Tovak

            I’m not going overboard, I really couldn’t care less about WBA and their players. But I agree with polarboy that if people forgive it as harmless cos it worked out this time then it sends a message that it’s acceptable…sometimes…for the bants. My friends mum died to a drink driver, it effects people in horrific ways. It ain’t cool and people should be called out for being socially irresponsible to the highest order if they do it.

          • Geordiegiants

            Called out for what? Nothing happened man!
            The taxi driver obviously got handsomely compensated. The lads got home safe and the driver still has his taxi. Ifs and could of’s are just ifs and could of’s.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Hmm ok? 🤔

  • Big Al 1967

    Taxi for Pardew…………..Driven by either Myhill, Livermore Evans or Barry! You could not make this stuff up

    • Geordiegiants

      Ha ha ha lol. Made me chuckle.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Alan Pardew = 🛎🔚

  • Dave Pattinson

    Could only be funnier if Pardiola goes, only to be replaced by Carver. Poor Baggies!

  • Alreet

    Aaaaaand once again spards proves that he cant manage a s**g in a brothel.

    Really cannot understand the logic of owners giving this waste a job. Especially when he replaced Hughton in the past and pulis.

    Will ppl now actually realise that he is pointless.

    • Down Under Mag

      It’s not our problem any more…we have more than enough of our own than worrying about past issues and other clubs.

      • Jezza

        It might well be our problem next season.

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    Funnily enough, they played well in the 2nd half.

  • gallowgate26

    Don’t worry boys. John Carver, probably the best coach in football will turn this around…

    • Rich Lawson

      Bonding session at Gregg’s will sort it all out,might be better if they got the bus down there tho’ ?

  • Whickhamrobbie

    Alans doing a great job , Keep it up Al.