When the managerial merry go round was in full swing earlier this season it was a surprise to see Alan Pardew going to West Brom. Yes, he had plenty of Premier League experience, but his last job ended in abject failure. The initial boost he gave Crystal Palace was soon forgotten, and he left them in deep relegation trouble.
Perhaps the West Brom board thought he could inject some belief into the squad at The Hawthorns. However, it seems the opposite has happened. The Baggies are losing touch at the bottom, and survival looks less likely with every passing game.
Terriers Pile Pressure On Pardew
If ever there was a proper relegation six pointer, Saturday's clash between West Brom and Huddersfield was definitely one. David Wagner's men raced into a 2-0 lead, and though Craig Dawson pulled one back for the hosts it finished 2-1.
It was a match West Brom had to win, but to lose it was a total disaster. Pardew knows the writing is on the wall for West Brom and he said as much in his post match interview. He stated: “I think it is going to be hard [to save our season].”
“Three wins in 37 games says it all really – we've got to find a way. However we get it, maybe it can spark us into life. We've got players who can perform better than they have done today. We need to bring those performances to the pitch somehow.”
On The Brink
With just a handful of games remaining, it might be too late for West Brom to make a managerial change. However, they need to start planning for a likely campaign in the Championship. The sooner they start doing that, the better.
It is unlikely they will stick with Pardew considering how poorly he has done since taking over. With players like Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt and Salomon Rondon they should be doing better, and plenty of managers would relish the chance to work with such a decent squad.