Monday 26 February 2018

Reprieve for Super Al

He may be a dead man walking, but Alan Pardew has been allowed one last drink in the last chance saloon against Watford on Saturday: Got worse under Pardew The bemused Chinese owners cannot understand why Pardew has failed to be the motivator and tactical genius they were assured he was.

Their difficulty is that there are no credible alternatives immediately available. The days when Alan Curbishley's name would pop up in these circumstances are long since gone.

Baggies fans might have been careful what they wished for. Tony Pulis is a miserable old school so-and-so but I doubt whether he would have got them relegated.

Pardew himself said, 'It's not for want of trying. I've gone into my records [Charlton triumphs?] and used most of my repertoire, but I've still got a few things to go.' So we may see a bit more of the Tinkerman he tried at Charlton, an episode usually air brushed out of accounts of his career.

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