I am told that the Baggies performance at Bournemouth was better than it has been for weeks however it matters not because the final result was yet another defeat. It was their seventh consecutive league defeat and eighth loss on the bounce in all competitions.
Alan Pardew has a win ration of just 5.8% over the 17 games he has been in charge. I can think of no other club where he would have kept his job with a return of 8 points from a possible 51?
Just for your information Tony Pulis had a win ratio of 16% having won 10 points from a possible 36.
Tony Pulis scored 10 and conceded 18 in his 12 games while Alan Pardew has scored 11 and conceded 28 in 17 games so whatever your thoughts about either manager the fact is it hasn’t improved since the change was made in November last year and in fact has progressively gotten worse.
None of us knows exactly what situation a manager has to work under at any club. Did he get the players he wanted in various transfer windows? Are the players he has in the squad up for the fight? Do they care enough? And of course are they good enough?
Now I am not saying sacking Tony Pulis was wrong, far from it, but it is hard to argue anything other than his replacement has been without doubt a massive failure. It is not Alan Pardew’s fault all he did was accept a job; if he is not good enough then the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of those in power at the club who chose him. Should they have bitten the bullet and made yet another change once it became apparent that it was not working? That just might have given themselves a genuine chance of staying up? Maybe after “taxigate” fiasco would have been the right time. Perhaps giving Gary Megson the job until the end of the season just may also have given them a better chance of survival? Who knows?
After all while in charge he got two draws away at Spurs and home to Newcastle could he have continued to accumulate enough points to escape the dreaded drop?
I am not saying that is what should have happened just highlighting the problems caused by letting it just meander along defeat after defeat hoping that fortunes would change. That beggars belief. Especially now relegation looks a nailed on certainty even though the club are not mathematically down yet.
I see on some social media platforms that some Baggies fans would rather play what they consider to be a more attractive style of football under Alan Pardew even though they are losing rather than the football played under Tony Pulis.
That is their choice and no one can deny them that right however as a football fan myself all that matters to me is winning games, not formations, systems, tactics, or how many programmes are sold or if the shirt sponsors are happy or not. Winning is what makes a fan happy or at least it should.
Goals is and has been the Baggies problem with just 24 in 31 games however Burnley have scored less than Albion at home but have only conceded half as many. If you are not scoring freely you have to ensure you are ultra-mean in defence. Sadly Albion do neither.
It’s a good club with some really nice decent people on and off the pitch and without doubt the fans deserve much better.
After working so hard to get into the Premier League and then working just as hard to stay in it how sad it is to see it all being thrown away with a barely a whimper.