Alan Pardew insists he will not resign as manager of West Brom but will hold talks with the club’s hierarchy following the side’s 4-1 home defeat to Leicester, their sixth straight league defeat.
West Brom are rock bottom of the table and are eight points from safety but Pardew is determined to fight until the end.
“It’s getting difficult,” said Pardew. “My pride on the side line is such that I don’t want to stand there and for that last 15, 20 minutes and watch that.”
Pardew confirmed that he’ll sleep on the result where Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Kelechi Iheanacho and Vicente Iborra scored for Leicester after Salamon Rondon’s opening goal, and then hold talks with the club’s board.
“I’ll still talk to them and get a feeling of what they think because they might think a change is a better thing for the club, I don’t know,” he said. “The one thing I’m not going to do, right, is I’m not going to lay down the tools.”
With an hour played, Pardew brought on youngster Sam Field in place of Grzegorz Krychowiak who reacted angrily to being taken off.
“I do have a problem with it because I’ve supported him and played him and stuck by him when he’s not been particularly great to come off and not shake my hand.
“I made it very clear to him on the bench I’m not accepting that I think its wrong, he’s a player on loan and he should show respect. I don’t expect to see it again.”
Alan Pardew is in danger of losing his job (Getty)
Following West Brom’s 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield two weeks ago, the board and owners seriously considered Pardew’s position as manager but decided there were no credible alternatives available to replace him.
Pardew’s failure to add to his one league win since taking over in December may prompt further discussions with the end of the Premier League season closing in.
What now goes against the manager is the performances on the pitch are beginning to hit rock bottom, something he cannot accept.
“We lost our belief, there’s no doubt about that. We lost out shape and we lost our spirit to a degree and that is something that I’ve only experienced once before here, in the Huddersfield game when our spirit and our confidence just hit the floor, and that is a worry.
“On the run we’re on I still don’t think it’s an excuse so I made that clear to the players after.
“My teams are better than that and I want my team here to be better than that. I said to the players after that that is unacceptable, that period of the game.”
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