Even Alan Pardew must be now realising that the walls are finally closing in and his days of managing in the Premier League are over.

Steve McClaren has been hanging around for some time now, surely accepting that the gates are permanently closed for him now.

As for Pardew, what on earth were West Brom thinking of…?

Yes, their fans were desperate to see the back of Tony Pulis, which was understandable, but when they said they’d like to see anybody take over who wasn’t Pulis, they didn’t realise what they were letting themselves in for.

A quick glance at his Crystal Palace record should have been enough, his results throughout 2016 were the worst of any manager in the top four divisions before Palace eventually sacked him.

In the 2015/16 season at Palace, his record from Boxing Day onwards read:

Played 21 Won 2 Drawn 7 Lost 12

Then in 2016/17 from August 2016 until he was sacked on 22 December 2016:

Played 17 Won 4 Drawn 3 Lost 10

Taking over at West Brom on 29 November 2017, since then he has managed:

Played 15 Won 1 Drawn 5 Lost 9

Totalling up his entire record from Boxing Day 2015 up to the present day we have a Premier League record of:

Played 53 Won 7 Drawn 15 Lost 31

The West Brom fans have had enough and only their utter hatred of pretty much everything to do with their club at the minute, is saving Alan Pardew from far worse criticism.

Likewise, he is very lucky that his mates in the media aren’t quite so vocal as they should be, any other manager would be getting absolutely slated if they’d won just 7 from 53 matches, where are you Patrick Barclay, Ian Wright, Jason Burt, Tony Gale and the rest?

Some amusing comments from West Brom fans via their top West Brom Index message board:

‘Is it wrong that I am actively wishing for us to lose every match before the end of the season just to ensure that there is no thought in the mind of our board that Pardew is the right man?’

‘Alan Pardew has proven his tactical ineptness, any achievements as a manager have mostly been flukes based on his performance and (lack of) decision making here.’

‘Pardew keeps trying things that don’t work.’

‘I’m no longer having that this relegation isn’t Pardew’s fault.’

‘If we go down, I can’t begin to imagine that Pardew would be kept on. For one thing, it would mean there would be a negative/downbeat attitude amongst the fans going into next season…’

Getting rid of Pardew and Carver straight away, that alone would give us a lift ready to go into the new season.’

‘Pardew doesn’t pick the right players, he has no tactical intelligence whatsoever and his in game management is appalling.

When he took over I was hopeful he’d be Ok but he is a very poor manager that much is clear now.’

‘Convinced that if we’d sacked Pardew earlier we could have stayed up.’

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Everything turns to schitt when Pardew turns up

    • Coach Clagnut

      He stinks out everywhere he goes eventually.

  • Paul Patterson

    Not that we should be looking at Pardew but can someone do his record from January 2013-present?
    Now that will show a truly awful record . .

    • Vincent Gigante

      Can someone do his record in odd and even years?
      Sounds strange but someone once told me that he’s a lot worse statistically in the even years.

  • ghostrider

    Manager of the season in 2012. I suppose he was just lucky.

    • Martin

      He definitely rode his luck that season. We never hammered teams. When we won it was always by the odd goal. We had Ba, Cisse and Ben Arfa is terrific form. And Colo/ Cabaye provided real quality in defense and midfield.
      I truly believe that season was more the players than any tactical intelligence from Pardew.

      • Coach Clagnut

        Unusual season in more ways than one. We had a settled team largely injury free for most of the season.

      • ghostrider

        Well, if you can’t give a manager credit, fair enough. I can when I see it was deserved.

        • Coach Clagnut

          If you want to credit a thoroughly discredited manager you go right ahead. Pardew’s stars aligned that season. It’ll never happen again.

          • ghostrider

            A discredited manager. How?

      • Jezza

        Not forgetting that Ryan Taylor was outstanding that season. He didn’t grab the headlines like Ba and Cisse but his contribution was immense.

    • Jimmy_toons

      History appears to show that season was the exception to the rule.

      • ghostrider

        Exception to what rule?
        If he got manager of the month you could argue a bit of luck.
        Manager of the season tells a lot more than just luck or exceptions to whatever rules you think are rules for this.

        • Coach Clagnut

          Your logic is illogical:Please re-boot.

          • ghostrider

            Your illogical is consistent.

          • Coach Clagnut

            Leave school when you were 6?

          • ghostrider

            Are you telling me because I’m under 6 or are you asking me a question?

      • Geordiegiants

        Jimmy ignore it, it will go away.

    • nufcslf

      Yes, you’re right for once. Well spotted

  • Peaky Magpie

    Pardewed needs to be a new entry word in the next edition of the Oxford Concise Dictionary……

  • 1957

    West Brom fans don’t realise how lucky they are, a former manager of the season in charge assisted by the self proclaimed best coach in the EPL. Maybe the problem is half of the dream team is missing if they’d brought in Stoney and Woody as well they may have been higher in the league

    • Coach Clagnut

      Good point well made. He’s largely blameless for the West Brom results.

  • TheNutJob

    Fatty`s fav manager

  • Alan Pardew

    It’s a strange thing to say but going in the bottom three, when you’ve been hovering around it, is not such a bad thing.

    It gives a little bit of a reality check to everybody and I’ve encouraged the players this week not to hide from it.

    • Coach Clagnut

      After all, it wasn’t me who got us into this mess.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      Dusting off your “Bingo-Card” Alan ? lol

  • Ian Smith

    We have had a few awful managers at West Brom . Alan Pardew is just one but if Gary Megson takes over then we have truly reached rock bottom.

    • Coach Clagnut

      Cloughie summed him up after he witnessed his first training session with the ginger wizard, ” he can’t trap a bag of cement”.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Why are we still going on about Alan Pardew when he left us at the back end of 2014 ?
    West Brom were in trouble long before Pardew went there so blaming him for that is completely stupid !
    Granted his appointment hasn’t made one bit of difference but that is on West Brom’s toes for being asinine in the extreme surely ?

    • Jimmy_toons

      Unfortunately it looks like The Mag put up photos and headlines of Pardew, Merson, Owen and Lawrenson to get a reaction and hits, and we keep reacting to them. The arrogance of the bloke still annoys me like.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      the guys a complete [email protected]@k up

    • Desree

      He will be back in June

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Even if Pardew was offered the job he would not take it.
        The man left us to go to Crystal Palace to escape the abuse he was receiving from the terraces.

  • Toon

    Just flicking on and one article about Sunderland quoting their message boards and the next one about Pardew and quoting WBA message boards, The Mag = joke

  • nufcslf

    This useless c** t is only as good as if the starting 11 that picks itself are fit to go. End of…….

  • Jezza

    “Even Alan Pardew must be now realising that the walls are finally
    closing in and his days of managing in the Premier League are over.”

    Let’s all just hope you don’t live to regret that statement.

  • Rich Lawson

    Keep him or sack him and put Carver in charge for the rest of the season,job done.