Swansea City’s next opponents West Brom have parted company with manager Alan Pardew after a run of 8 consecutive defeats.
He only managed one Premier League win in 18 games, losing 12, picking up just 8 points – that’s a points per game average of 0.44. To sum up how awful that is, Bob Bradley averaged 0.79 points per game in his 11 games with the Swans.
But just like Leicester, couldn’t they have waited one more week? Leicester sacked Claudio Ranieri just before playing us, and that inspired them to a much improved performance – beating us 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.
Lets hope that another managerial sacking just before playing us doesn’t have the same effect. As the 8-game losing streak suggests, West Brom really have been awful, and are surely even worse now than when Tony Pulis was still in charge. In those 8 games, they’ve scored just 6, and also failed to pick up points against the likes of Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Watford and Southampton.
West Brom are now 10 points from safety, and 11 points adrift of ourselves going into Saturday’s game at the Hawthorns – where Jordan Ayew serves the final game of his three-game suspension.
In Pardew’s place, coach Darren Moore takes over and it’s been reported that he will be in charge for the rest of the season.
Despite Pardew’s awful track record and habit of getting sacked from Premier League clubs, he seems to be one of those English managers who still gets hired at a high level. It wouldn’t be at all surprising if Pardew is managing at Championship level at the very least next season, unless his luck has finally ran out.