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Pardew sweating Evans status ahead of January transfer window

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If Alan Pardew is going to lead West Bromwich Albion to Premier League safety, he’ll need all of his stars.

One of those is defender Jonny Evans, who’s become the Baggies back bone since arriving from Manchester United and has earned the eyes of bigger club in England.

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Evans was linked with Arsenal and Manchester City this summer, and Pardew is concerned about what January will bring as both clubs and Liverpool aim to improve their back lines. From Sky Sports:

“I’m never confident when you’ve got great players because other clubs want great players, so your best players are always vulnerable. Johnny Evans is definitely one of them and he is our captain. Do I want to lose him? Of course not. Do I fear losing him? Of course I do.”

Do you think Evans could be sold in January? The 29-year-old Northern Irish back is a prime age for a center back and would surely love to return to European competition.

The Baggies are at lowly Swansea on Saturday for what already feels like a proper relegation six-pointer.

It’s official: Pardew named new West Brom boss

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Alan Pardew was hired as coach of West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday, securing a return to the Premier League after nearly a year out of management.

The 56-year-old Pardew signed a two-and-a-half-year deal as a replacement for Tony Pulis, who was fired by West Brom’s Chinese owner last week with the team near to the relegation zone.

Pardew inherits a team that is only two points above the bottom three, and is without a win in 13 games in all — 12 of those coming in the league. His first match in charge is on Saturday against Crystal Palace, the club that fired him last December.

“The immediate challenge will be to get the results we need to pull ourselves up the table,” Pardew said. “But I’m aware that while I’m joining one of the great, traditional clubs of English football, it is one determined to go forward in the Premier League.”

Pardew has also coached Newcastle, Southampton, West Ham, Charlton and Reading. West Brom was attracted by his experience of managing in the Premier League.

“Alan brings the experience of more than 300 Premier League games,” West Brom chairman John Williams said, “and the kind of dynamic leadership from which our club can benefit.”

Pardew was voted as the Premier League’s manager of the year in 2012 for guiding Newcastle to a fifth-place finish, but fell out of favor with the club’s fans and left for Palace in December 2014.

Again, he made a good start at a new club, lifting Palace out of the relegation zone and into the top half by the end of that season, but the south London team won only six of 36 games in 2016 and Pardew was fired before the year was over. He has since done some TV work.

While his immediate task will be to keep West Brom in the lucrative Premier League, he may also need to introduce a more positive brand of soccer. West Brom fans grew tired of Pulis’ pragmatic and direct approach, wanting more than just survival in the top flight but some entertainment, too.

The club from central England came under new ownership last year, with Chinese businessman Lai Guochuan becoming the majority shareholder. Backed by Lai, West Brom spent $40 million in the summer and enriched the squad with players like Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak from Paris Saint-Germain, left back Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal, and winger Oliver Burke from Leipzig.

West Brom has possibly got its strongest squad in decades, and Pardew needs to get more out of it than Pulis.

Gary Megson, who took charge of the team on an interim basis following the departure of Pulis, has left the club, He guided West Brom to two draws, at Tottenham on Saturday and at home against Newcastle on Tuesday.

As Pardew hiring looms, West Brom laments “awful goals”

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Perhaps it’s fitting that Newcastle United piled on West Bromwich Albion’s misery, coming back from a 2-0 deficit to keep the Baggies winless since August following a 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns on Tuesday.

That’s because an old Newcastle United hero-turned-villain is expected to be named West Brom manager on Wednesday.

According to multiple reports, West Brom will hire Alan Pardew.

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Pardew led the Magpies to the UEFA Europa League but the notoriously streaky manager saw the Magpies flirt with relegation before skipping town for Crystal Palace where, it must be said, a similar tenure transpired in London.

Interim boss Gary Megson said he’ll speak with West Brom’s chairman on Wednesday morning, and he’s unsure what the future holds (although he admits his “appetite is whet” to return to management somewhere). Here’s his verdict on the match:

“It’s one of disappointment because we were 2-0 up. We scored two really good well worked goals, we are supposed to be a big side at set pieces but we conceded awful goals for us to give away. We have to pick ourselves and go again.”

 

Despite consecutive draws against Spurs and Newcastle, West Brom needs to find some life. Pardew is known for doing that, and is tasked with saving an under-performing and perhaps under-talented side at the Hawthorns. Will he keep the Baggies from the Championship?

West Brom reportedly talk with Alan Pardew

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Is the Pardew Bump coming to the Baggies?

West Bromwich Albion is holding talks with Alan Pardew regarding its managerial vacancy, according to multiple reports. West Brom fired Tony Pulis last week.

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Pardew was fired by Crystal Palace last season, two years after being hired away from Newcastle United.

The Wimbledon-born Pardew, 56, may be the anti-Tony Pulis, and the attack-minded Baggies supporters will, at the very least, enjoy what Pardew will bring to the pitch. He’s also entertaining, even if it’s very much “me first” often.

Both clubs saw red-hot streaks under Pardew, and he’s led both Palace and West Ham to FA Cup Finals.

There are plenty of fish in the managerial sea, and some will view Pards’ name as another unfortunate rehash. There’s a decent chance that’s true, but his appointment would be a refreshing change given West Brom’s underachievement and “unlockable” talent.

Cheick Tiote tributes pour in; Hard-nosed midfielder mourned

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Few people enjoyed playing against combative Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote, but the longtime Newcastle United midfielder was respected by many.

Tiote, 30, passed away Monday after collapsing during a training session with Chinese side Beijing enterprises.

The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations winner also played with Twente and Anderlecht, and was especially beloved amongst his ex-Newcastle teammates.

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez praised Tiote as “a true professional, dedicated, talented, and above all, a great man.”

Ex-NUFC boss Alan Pardew was particularly stung by Tiote’s death, and honored “a giant of a midfielder.”