Thursday 19 July 2018

Alan Pardew to meet West Brom board with job in the balance

Pardew has won just one game in 16 Premier League matches in charge of the Baggies.

West Brom manager Alan Pardew
West Brom manager Alan Pardew

By Nick Mashiter, Press Association Sport

West Brom boss Alan Pardew will meet the Baggies board for talks on Monday as his job hangs by a thread.

The 56-year-old’s position is under constant review with Albion eight points from the Premier League safety line and bottom of the table.

Press Association Sport understands it was business as usual at The Hawthorns on Sunday while the Baggies previously felt keeping Pardew for now was best for the club’s long-term future.

A lack of viable alternatives has helped Pardew’s position at Albion but the pressure grew following Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat to Leicester.

Following the game Pardew said he will seek talks with the club and admitted they may want to sack him with those discussions set to be held on Monday.

He said after the game: “Before you even ask me the question, will I speak to those upstairs? Yes I will, of course I will because it’s getting difficult.

“For me, it’s about planning for next week and getting ready for a difficult game at Bournemouth and that’s what I will do.

“But I will still talk to them and get a feeling of what they think because they might think a change is a better thing for the club, I don’t know.”

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Salomon Rondon

Chief executive Mark Jenkins, who returned to the role last month after the sackings of chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman, is back from China following talks with the club’s owner Guochuan Lai.

Jenkins was in China for main sponsor Palm’s AGM with Pardew having won just once in 16 league games since replacing Tony Pulis.

His reign has also seen some dressing room issues, highlighted by Jonny Evans, Jake Livermore, Gareth Barry and Boaz Myhill allegedly stealing a taxi while in Barcelona with the club last month.

Grzegorz Krychowiak, on loan from Paris St Germain, showed dissent to his manager after he was substituted on Saturday.

Pardew said: “I do have a problem with it because I’ve supported him and played him and stuck by him when he’s not been particularly great.”

Goalkeeper Ben Foster even admitted he felt sorry for Pardew after another damaging defeat.

Salomon Rondon’s opener was cancelled out by Jamie Vardy’s stunning volley before Riyad Mahrez, Kelechi Iheanacho and Vicente Iborra scored after the break.

“I feel sorry for him,” Foster told the BBC. “He prepares us correctly and at half-time we were well in the game.

“We were in the game and at half-time we thought we could get something out of it. But when heads drop like that it’s out of the manager’s hands.”

Victory moved Leicester onto 40 points and the squad will now travel to Spain for a four-day training camp.

Boss Claude Puel said: “We are happy about this game. Not just about the result but about the quality we put on the pitch in the second half.

“We found our clinical edge with fantastic goals and good moves – this is a good reward for the team.”

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