West Brom sack Alan Pardew
The day after West Brom sacked manager Alan Pardew, stories have come out over how the dismissal happened.
The last straw was the 2-1 home defeat to Burnley on Saturday. That left the Baggies with an 8-game losing streak.
After the Burnley defeat, Pardew told the press he’d “reward” West Brom fans by staying in the job next season. Forty-eight hours later he was gone.
How Alan Pardew learned of his fate
On Tuesday, the Times have revealed how Alan Pardew was fired.
The broadsheet has confirmed that Pardew wasn’t even afforded a face-to-face meeting:
Pardew learnt of his fate in a telephone call.
The club had planned to sack him at the end of the season but the defeat by Burnley, when thousands of season ticket-holders stayed away and others threw their tickets on to the pitch, convinced them to move quicker.
You have to wonder how Pardew will retrieve his personal items from West Brom’s training ground. Will they just pack them in a brown box call for a delivery man? Probably.
West Brom’s shortlist
West Brom confirmed that first-team coach Darren Moore will take over the reigns in the dugout.
Moore is expected to stay in charge of the club until the end of the Premier League season. In the summer a new manager will be appointed.
Seven names have been thrown up on the Baggies shortlist. The Times report:
Michael Appleton, who played for the club in the early 2000s, and Dean Smith are among the contenders with Derek McInnes, Craig Shakespeare and Graham Potter, three more former Albion players, also likely to be considered.
Mick McCarthy, the former manager at Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Nigel Pearson, a former Albion assistant manager, will also be discussed but Appleton and Smith are thought to be the leading early contenders.
According to the bookies Appleton is the 9/4 favourites for the job. Chris Wilder is second at 4/1.