10 Mar Alan Pardew focus
Boss Alan Pardew is struggling to hold on to his job after West Brom lost 4-1 at home to Leicester.
The manager’s position remains under review at The Hawthorns and, here, Press Association Sport looks at how his afternoon unfolded.
Oliver Burke was handed just his second league start of the season as Pardew looked for fresh blood. He replaced Jay Rodriguez who still has a Football Association charge of alleged racial abuse to defend. Jonny Evans failed to recover from illness so Allan Nyom started and Craig Dawson partnered Ahmed Hegazi in central defence. With a small squad Pardew would never be able to make wholesale changes.
There was little reaction to the manager on the touchline when he emerged for kick-off while the fans stuck with their side early on. Albion’s fans continued their support but turned after Matt Phillips sliced a free kick high and wide when well placed. The Leicester fans and a minority of home supporters chanted ‘sacked in the morning’. Pardew appeared to be given some verbals by his own player when he substituted Grzegorz Krychowiak.
Pardew patrolled his technical area throughout the game but was rarely subjected to serious personal abuse. He stood in silence after Riyad Mahrez’s second-half goal and it only got worse after Kelechi Iheanacho and Vicente Iborra added a third and fourth for Leicester.
It has been 15 years since Albion last lost seven games in a row. That was in the club’s first season in the Premier League and they went down with 26 points. They equalled that stat on Saturday after another loss in all competitions after falling apart. A bright start, with Salomon Rondon scoring the opener, ended after Vardy’s leveller and the second half was a no-show for Albion.
It was another damaging defeat which kept Albion eight points from the Premier League safety line and surely heading for the Sky Bet Championship. Pardew’s side were booed off by the fans who were left at The Hawthorns after they streamed out following Iheanacho’s goal. It is an irretrievable situation, whether Pardew remains in charge or not.