Bad performance is rarely left ignored in the Premier League, and the English game proved right to its standards yet again. West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the sacking of manager Alan Pardew.
A club statement regarding the update read: “West Bromwich Albion and Alan Pardew have agreed to mutually part company following discussions between both parties.
“Assistant head coach John Carver will also be leaving. The club would like to thank Alan and John for their efforts and wish them well in their future endeavours.”
It was promptly announced that coach Darren Moore had taken over as the manager, and is understood to be given the position until the end of the season.
Having been given the position in late November following a dismal Tony Pulis’ run of 10 games without a victory, in Pardew’s case, the sack came after eight games bereft of points.
The hammer came down after the club’s 2-1 home loss to Burnley this Saturday. The Baggies now sit rather uncomfortably at the bottom of the Premier League table, with Stoke City having a seven-point lead above them.
Going by these numbers, their future next season seems increasingly doomed.
But the sacking was in no doubt, as the manager brought in to turn things around ensured only one victory was achieved in the 18 league games the 56-year-old managed, which further translated to a mere eight points being salvaged from the 54 available.
Further, of all his runs at Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Charlton and West Ham before that, this stint was his worst in terms of win percentage, as 5.5% was unbecoming of a manager in the top flight of English football.
Interestingly, Pardew’s sacking means this is the 10th time this campaign that a Premier League side has shown their manager the exit door – a joint highest with the 2013-14 campaign.