West Bromwich Albion keep hold of manager Alan Pardew
By Rob Dorsett, Sky Sports News reporter
Last Updated: 26/02/18 7:39am
West Brom have opted to stick with manager Alan Pardew for now, and he will be in charge for Saturday’s game against Watford, Sky Sports News understands.
It is understood the team's performance at Vicarage Road at the weekend could be key in deciding whether Pardew remains in charge for the rest of the season.
Pardew has won just one of his 14 Premier League games since taking over at The Hawthorns in November. Defeat at home to Huddersfield on Saturday left the club seven points adrift at the bottom.
Owner Guochuan Lai is reluctant to change manager for a second time this season after Tony Pulis was dismissed three months ago.
But Pardew was the choice of West Brom chairman John Williams and CEO Martin Goodman, who Lai sacked a fortnight ago.
It is thought Albion's new chief executive Mark Jenkins is considering his options, with plenty of discussion and planning going on behind the scenes.
Sky Sports News has been told he is aware of the strength of feeling among some of the fans who have turned against Pardew.
There was a hostile round of booing from a number of home supporters at the end of Saturday's home defeat.
But club officials are mindful that a number of possible replacements for Pardew might not be keen to take over with the club in such a perilous league position.
They are also considering who might be the best man to be in charge if the club begin next season in the Championship.
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