Back on November 29 2017, West Brom confirmed the appointment of manager Alan Pardew as successor to Tony Pulis.
Current Middlesbrough boss Pulis was relieved of his duties at the Hawthorns after overseeing a sluggish start to their 2017/18 Premier League campaign, what with the Baggies winning just twice in the league prior to his departure on November 20.
And it was up to former Newcastle United and West Ham manager Pardew to try and keep the Midlands outfit in the top-flight, although it was an appointment met with disappointment and anger from several West Brom supporters on Twitter…
I’d be lying if I said I was delighted. It’s just a boring appointment.
— Ash Ramian (@AshRamian) 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
OMG Nooooooo Surely NOT !!!!! Doomed.
— barry pilgrim (@fantasticpilly) November 29, 2017
— Matt Williams (@mattyjwills) November 29, 2017
Lets hope he has learned something from all his “vast” experience?….jury out ?
— Der Lowbridge (@DerekDerlow13) November 29, 2017
Oh for goodness sake
— Jack B (@jbrighton1) November 29, 2017
Should’ve stuck with Megson until the end of the season
— Michelle O-Williams (@Michelleowwba) November 29, 2017
Doesn’t fill me with joy but as always I’ll be there to support my club.
Thankyou Sir Gary and Sam Field for putting a bit of joy back into my life this past week.
— Sandra Hughes (@phoenixbaggie) November 29, 2017
And given the 57-year-old oversaw a hugely shambolic tenure in charge of the Baggies, which ended just a matter of months following his arrival, it’s fair to say that the major decision the club took backfired massively over the course of last season.
Ultimately, things were going a bit stale at the Hawthorns under former manager Pulis, as although the 60-year-old led the Baggies to safety throughout his two-year stint in charge, the style of football implemented to do so wasn’t well-received by the West Brom faithful.
And with just two victories in their opening 12 league games of the 2017/18 season, his last four games of which all defeats, the writing was very much on the wall for Pulis – ultimately, it was a decision many felt the club had to take.
But to opt for 57-year-old Pardew, who had been out of work following his sacking at Crystal Palace in December 2016, was something of a gamble – a gamble that has hugely backfired.
The Englishman may well have enjoyed managerial success at the likes of Reading, West Ham, and Newcastle down the years, but his time at West Brom proved to be his worst in management in winning just three of his 21 matches in charge, two of which coming in the FA Cup.
Yes, he may well have started with an encouraging 0-0 draw against ex-employers Palace, in turn earning just their second clean sheet of the season, but Baggies fans had to wait until his ninth Premier League game in charge for his first win, a 2-0 success over Brighton.
And while many would have hoped that getting that elusive first victory would pave the way for more, it did the complete opposite as Pardew then picked up just one more point from nine league games in charge at the Hawthorns, losing his last eight games on the spin before losing his job at the start of the April.
What’s more, caretaker manager Darren Moore, now the permanent boss of the Baggies, got more of the squad in six matches than Pardew managed in his 21 in charge – Moore accumulated 11 points from his six games, compared to Pardew’s tally of eight in 18 matches.
Yes, it did appear as though a change was needed at West Brom given their poor start to the season under Pulis, but these Baggies fans clearly felt that Pardew wasn’t the man – and so it proved.
So while the club’s hierarchy made the bold call to appoint the 57-year-old, it’s one that has greatly backfired, hence the Baggies are currently playing Championship football.
West Brom fans… what do you think? Let us know!