One of the worst decisions of the season hands down was the West Brom board choosing Alan Pardew as manager. Pardew, a man with a track record for dragging teams down, has done exactly that at The Hawthorns. Replacing Tony Pulis after just 14 games is a move that The Baggies will live to regret.
Given their form at the time of Pulis' dismissal his sacking was understandable. However, picking Pardew as their potential saviour has resulted in one win from 17, seven losses in a row and has left them seven points from safety. Seven might have a reputation as a lucky number, but it has been anything but for West Brom this season.
Time Is Running Out For Baggies
In his interview after the defeat to Bournemouth, Pardew admitted his team is in dire straits. He said: “Unfortunately when you’re losing it makes it more and more difficult. But of course I’m under contract here for another three years and I’ve got to keep fighting.”
“And I keep saying to my players, you’ve got to keep fighting and showing pride in what you do and that’s what I’m going to do until such time that I’m told not to. Unfortunately for us, we are running out of time.” Pardew could be running out of time too.
Pardew: Bad Luck To Blame
Pardew reckons that his team hasn't had the rub of the green at times. He stated: “It’s just tough, there’s things going against us. But when you’re down the bottom of the league, that does happen.”
That excuse won't wash with the West Brom faithful, and as the saying goes you make your own luck. At the end of the day, his approach has failed dismally and even Houdini would struggle to escape from the situation West Brom find themselves in now.