After a run of ten Premier League games without a win, leaving the club one point above the relegation zone, Tony Pulis was sacked as West Bromwich Albion manager.
Gary Megson was put in caretaker charge for nine days before he too left the club and a new manager was appointed to get the Baggies out of a relegation battle.
That man was none other than Alan Pardew.
Introducing our new Head Coach, Alan Pardew…
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) November 29, 2017
And the initial reaction to his appointment by the club’s fans went down like a lead balloon.
Should've stuck with Megson until the end of the season
— Michelle O-Williams (@Michelleowwba) November 29, 2017
No matter what our thoughts are it's time to get behind him and the squad #wba
— The Albion Fanatics (@AlbionFanatics) November 29, 2017
Not my ideal choice of manager, but will continue to support my team, as always.#wba ???? ????????⚽
— Kayt (@kt1465) November 29, 2017
— James Dale (@Jamesd1307) November 29, 2017
With the fans not in his side from the get-go, Pardew had an uphill task on his hands.
A goalless draw with his former club Crystal Palace for the Baggies boss off the mark who insisted on playing more of a passing game than his predecessor Pulis’ long-ball tactics.
But results were not forthcoming. Trying to change the style of player with the type of players he had at his disposal ultimately proved problematic.
A winless run of draws and defeats would continue until the new year when Pardew finally got his first win in charge, a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.
They would then follow that up with an impressive 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park.
But then, it all went wrong at the Hawthorns for the new boss.
One win in ten would be an excellent run of results compared to what came next.
West Brom would go on a horrific run of form, registered eight consecutive defeats – scoring just six goals in that period, and conceding 20, in a set of results that saw them concede two or more goals on seven different occasions.
The initial reaction to Pardew’s appointment are unfavourable, and that proved to be justified when he was sacked after just 18 games in charge.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 2, 2018
Leaving the Baggies ten points adrift in the Premier League with six games left.
News of his sacking brought joy to Baggies fans up and down the land in what had been a dismal season from start to finish.
And the reaction expressed the general feeling form the club’s supporters.
About time! He failed to meaningfully change our strategy after Pulis, his team selections were awful and our results under Pardew continued to be dire. He shouldn't have been appointed in the first place, hopefully we can improve our form in the Championship next season.
— Leon (@Leon_WBA) April 2, 2018
Bit late in the day!
— Louise Hickman (@Loubiewba) April 2, 2018
— alf (@aIfwba) April 2, 2018
Darren Moore was appointed the caretaker manager until the end of the season where he would lose just once and register the same amount of wins in three weeks as two other managers had done in eight months, including wins over Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham.
Reaction to Pardew’s appointment left a lot to be desired, and his sacking prompted joyous scenes.
This was one significant agreement the supporters foreshadowed would not end in glory, and what was delivered was precisely that.