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.’