Monday 22 October 2018

Pardew insists he won't walk away

West Bromwich Albion 1 Leicester City 4

Alan Pardew, Manager of West Bromwich Albion reacts during the Premier League match. Photo: Getty Images
Alan Pardew, Manager of West Bromwich Albion reacts during the Premier League match. Photo: Getty Images

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Alan Pardew admits West Brom's owners may want to sack him as he seeks showdown talks but insists he will not walk away from the Hawthorns hot seat.

The Baggies' defeat at home to Leicester leaves them eight points from the safety line and rooted to the bottom of the Premier League with eight games left. It was a seventh straight defeat in all competitions - Albion's worst run in 15 years - and Pardew has won just once in 16 top-flight games.

Despite going a ahead through Salomon Rondon's early opener, they are staring at relegation following a second-half no-show where Riyad Mahrez, Kelechi Iheanacho and Vicente Iborra scored after Jamie Vardy's stunning first-half volley.

Pardew said: "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. My pride on the sidelines is such that I don't want to stand and watch that last 15, 20 minutes.

"My teams are better than that and I want my team here to be better than that. For me, it's about planning for next week and getting ready for a difficult game at Bournemouth . . . they might think a change is a better thing for the club, I don't know."

But the under-fire boss said he would not resign. "The one thing I'm not going to do is what I said on Thursday, is I'm not going to lay down tools," he added.

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