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.
‘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.’