Former West Brom manager Alan Pardew has opened up about his spell in charge at the Hawthorns and has explained his reasons for leaving the club.
Pardew took charge of the Baggies midway through the 2017-18 season, after Tony Pulis was sacked following a run of ten Premier League games without a win.
During a recent interview with The Telegraph, Pardew explained his reasons for leaving the club and admitted that he lost the backing of his players.
He admitted that he was unsure whether he would be able to achieve success at the club before he took the job, given the defensive style of football West Brom had played under Pulis.
“We were neither one thing nor the other and that’s when I realised that I can’t get them playing the way I wanted to play and get the results. Then it wasn’t fair on West Brom and wasn’t fair on me,” he told The Telegraph.
“You have to be honest and accept that it didn’t work out. Sometimes you can lose the squad and I have to accept that happened.
“I am not going to let that define me. I have to think about the positives and say: ‘Ok, when I go to my next club I want to be able to deliver what my teams traditionally do: front-foot football, attacking football.”
West Brom are currently fourth in the Championship table and are already guaranteed to finish the season in the play-offs.
Pardew’s successor Darren Moore was unexpectedly sacked by the Baggies last month, with the team nine points off the automatic promotion places.
Caretaker boss James Shan has won five and drawn one of his eight matches in temporary charge, helping the team to cement their position in the top six and has been given the job until the end of the season.
Fair play to Pardew for his honesty here and you can understand his decision to leave the club, as he clearly wasn’t able to implement his tactics on the players.
Sometimes things don’t work out and it’s important that he does not let his disappointing spell in charge at the Hawthorns affect him when he decides to take up his next job in management, wherever that may be.
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