WEST BROM won’t pull the plug on under-fire manager Alan Pardew – yet.
Many Baggies fans thought Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat by Leicester City spelled the end for the 56-year-old, who has won just one of his 16 Premier League games since replacing Tony Pulis.
On Saturday, Pards told reporters: “Before you even ask me the question, will I speak to those upstairs? Yes I will.
“Of course I will because it’s getting difficult. I will talk to them and get a feeling of what they think because they might think a change is a better thing for the club, I don’t know.”
However SunSport understands there was no D-Day meeting between the pair yesterday at the club’s Palm Training Ground, although it is believed Pardew and Jenkins spoke by telephone over the weekend and had an informal catch-up chat yesterday.
It now seems certain Pardew’s ill-fated four-month reign will continue on Saturday when he will again be in charge for the trip to Bournemouth.
Despite Pardew being a dead-man walking he is not about to fall on his sword and waive his right to compensation for the remainder of his two and a half year contract.
West Brom meanwhile are reluctant to fire Pardew because there is a break clause in his contract which can be activated at the end of the season which vastly reduces the compensation he is due.
The most likely scenario is Baggies chiefs will wait until then – or at least until relegation is confirmed – and then turn to first team coach Darren Moore to take temporary charge until the summer, when a new manager will be head-hunted.
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Among the front-runners are Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes, who captained Albion to promotion to the Premier League and remains revered by supporters, Leicester City coach and former West Brom star Michael Appleton, and Ostersunds boss Graham Potter is an outsider for the poisoned chalice.
That scenario will only change if the atmosphere inside the home dressing room becomes too toxic for Pardew to realistically continue.
Despite midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak allegedly swearing at Pardew when he was substituted on Saturday, that point has not been reached yet.
However it was ominous that Pardew accused his players of downing tools in the final 20 minutes against Leicester.
That result left them eight points adrift of safety with just eight games remaining.
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