Alan Pardew will be regretting his decision to take West Brom to Spain. “Taxigate” which showed four players to have broken club curfew and brought club into disrepute will haunt Pardew for a while. When experienced professionals like Gareth Barry and Johnny Evans are the ones showing ill-discipline. This episode will support the notion that Pardew is out of his depth and is not the man to save the Baggies.
Alan Pardew has always been a streaky manager and his teams have been known to go on great running wins but then go on terrible losing runs as well. He has done well in the Fa Cup with 2 cup final appearances with unfashionable clubs West Ham and Crystal Palace. He also managed to guide Newcastle United on limited resources to a 5th place finish.
However, he also spent huge money on Palace last year and was unable to get performances from his side. This led to his departure from Selhurst Park and fans were glad to see the back of him. At Newcastle, his inability to take responsibility for poor performances and his strange tactical decisions lead to a breakdown with the fans. Pardew decisions to blame mercurial talent Hatem Ben Arfa just did not make sense.
At West Ham, he was given Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez for a year. Instead of harnessing their world-class talents and giving them time to adapt to the Premier League. He opted to play Hayden Mullins and Marlon Harewood ahead of them. Decisions like that are inexcusable and show Pardew is unable to spot a top player.
When West Brom employed him earlier in the season they were hoping to get the “new-manager bounce”. Instead they have suffered worse form and now are 7 points adrift from safety. The disciplinary issues have put Pardew more under the spotlight and it may now mean that Pardew will be exiting out of the Hawthorns.
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