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West Brom star savages Alan Pardew without even mentioning him

1 year ago
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When Alan Pardew moved to Selhurst Park, Newcastle fans warned Crystal Palace supporters what would happen.

The Palace fans dismissed it and convinced themselves he was the right choice…

When Alan Pardew moved in at The Hawthorns, Newcastle and Crystal Palace fans warned West Brom supporters of what would happen.

However, the Baggies wouldn’t have it, claiming anything had to be an improvement on Tony Pulis…

After Alan Pardew managed just one Premier League win in his entire time there this season, the West Brom fans eventually realised their mistake.

The West Brom players are now also making clear how bad things were under Pardew, especially compared to now having Darren Moore in as caretaker boss.

Ben Foster was arguably man of the match on Saturday and having played in 35 of the 36 Premier League matches this season, he should have a pretty decent idea of what has and hasn’t gone on at the club this season.

Speaking after beating Newcastle, Foster damned Alan Pardew without even actually mentioning him by name.

The West Brom keeper extolling the virtues of Darren Moore, saying he has ‘brought unity back to the club’, that the new boss has ‘got us working for each other…to respect your fellow team-mate.’

Ben Foster going on: ‘He’s a real good guy and you can’t help but want to work for him’…’you’re more than happy to lay your life on the line for him.’

Foster says that what was clearly missing under Alan Pardew has been brought back by the new boss, that there is now ‘a real sense of belief back about the place’ and Moore has retored some ‘confidence’, which the keeper says is half the battle.

Newcastle fans know a good and bad manager when they see one, having had plenty of experience of both, which is why they are desperate that Rafa Benitez stays, as the last thing anybody wants is another Pardew/Carver/McClaren to be brought in by Mike Ashley.

Ben Foster talking to the official West Brom site:

“Mooro has brought unity back to the club.

“He has been around the team for a long time and he knows what works with the team.

“It’s a very simple recipe to be honest and it’s a very similar team to the one that’s been playing all year that’s starting.

“He’s got us working for each other.

“The principle is to respect your fellow team-mate – and it’s not like we didn’t before. It’s just more a realisation that we are all in this together.

“It’s about sticking together and getting behind each other.

“He’s a real good guy and you can’t help but want to work for him and wish the best for him.

“In the last five or ten minutes of the game on Saturday – when they were swinging all sorts of balls into the box – you’re more than happy to lay your life on the line for him. You know it means so much to him as well.

“Me and all the lads must pay a lot of credit to Mooro, Jimmy Shan and Neil Cutler – they’ve brought us together at a really difficult time.

“We have a real sense of belief back about the place. Our confidence had taken a huge knock and confidence is a huge part of the game. I would say more than half of being a footballer is about confidence.”
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