Former Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is back in management at West Bromwich Albion and has already set about spinning the story surrounding his sacking in SE25 as anyone’s fault but his own.
As he prepares the Baggies for their first game under his stewardship against Palace, (of course) the 56-year-old has spoken of feeling harshly treated when being given the chop at Selhurst Park, which is quite simply mind-boggling given the specific circumstances that lead up to Steve Parish’s decision.
Yes, the ex-Newcastle gaffer has a win percentage that will stand up to any of the recent incumbents of the Palace hot-seat on paper but the overall figure disguises the fact that we started like a train under his guidance and flew straight off the edge of a figurative cliff during the second half of his reign.
The 11-month gap in Alan’s employment history could well be attributed to the fact that he put together the worst form of any English league side in 2016 as a calendar year, taking us from fifth towards the claws of relegation in 2015-16 and leaving us down there for the first half of 2016-17. It’s a period he seemed keen to avoid in his opening remarks as West Brom boss but any supporter embarking on a spell with him in charge should know the full story before being sucked in by his ballsy charm.
It’s a pattern that Newcastle fans can remember well, whilst supporters of West Ham and Charlton have their own issues with the new Baggies supremo. Don’t get me wrong, he’s almost certain to have a great impact on their form in the short-term but wait any longer than a year and they risk the wheels falling off in spectacular fashion.
Can he buck his own trend and create a stable and long-lasting legacy at The Hawthorns? He’ll certainly back himself to be a roaring success but in many ways that lack of humility is Alan’s Achilles heel.