Saturday 15 December 2018

Pardew needs win with future on line

Pardew: Under pressure
Pardew: Under pressure

John Percy

Alan Pardew is fighting for his future at West Bromwich Albion while facing a crucial Premier League clash with Huddersfield Town this weekend.

Pardew's position is under huge scrutiny from Albion's top brass and a heavy defeat against Huddersfield on Saturday could end his reign at the Hawthorns after just 12 weeks.

The 56-year-old has secured only one league win since his appointment and a defeat, plus a poor display, may force the Albion hierarchy into taking drastic action as the club faces dropping into the Championship.

Pardew replaced Tony Pulis in November and while the strugglers are desperate to avoid more turmoil, there are concerns that the squad are not responding to the head coach.

Last week's shameful incident in Barcelona, when four senior players allegedly stole a taxi in the early hours of Thursday morning, has damaged Pardew's authority and results are also conspiring to raise the prospect of his early departure.

Albion are seven points adrift of Huddersfield, who lie in 17th place, and another setback on home soil - they have won just two league games at the Hawthorns this season - could have severe repercussions for the former Crystal Palace manager.

Pardew admitted last Friday that his position was vulnerable after the surprise sackings of John Williams, the chairman, and Martin Goodman, the chief executive.

The club's investigation into the conduct of captain Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill last week is ongoing, with the quartet facing fines.

But they will not face criminal charges for the taxi incident after a Spanish court dropped the case due to a lack of evidence.

© Daily Telegraph, London

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