Embattled West Bromwich Albion head coach Alan Pardew has been spared the axe for the time being and is expected to see out the season with the Premier League side. After the board's crirsis meeting on Monday at the West Brom’s training ground with the beleaguered manager, which included chief executive Mark Jenkins, technical director Nick Hammond and director of football administration Richard Garlick, Pardew has been asked to continue till the end of the season.
With just one win in 16 Premier League games since taking over from Tony Pulis in October, Pardew's stint at the Hawthorns has been peppered with controversies which includes four senior stars breaking a curfew on a Spanish training camp, dressing room rows and a touchline bust-up He has also accused the players of not trying in their 4-1 home loss to Leicester City and of disrespecting him.
As his departure seems inevitable, Albion's decision makers will seek a permanent new boss in the summer to get them out of the Championship. Guochuan Lai, the Chinese owner is reluctant to pull the trigger now due to certain financial reasons, but is considering a few potential names to take over from Pardew in the new season.
Englishman Graham Potter, who manages Swedish club Ostersund, is apparently in front of the queue. Michael Appleton, Leicester's assistant manager and an ex-West Brom player and coach, Brentford's Dean Smith and Aberdeen's ex-WBA midfielder Derek McInnes are other probable contenders. However, as per reports, many are unwilling to take over at the Hawthorns with the team eight points adrift of safety at the foot of the table.
The former Newcastle, Charlton and West Ham manager is now trying to lift his demoralised squad for Saturday's trip to Bournemouth after seven successive losses. The Baggies have just 20 points to their name and are in danger of their lowest-ever Premier League points tally, which is 26 in 2003.