Alan Pardew

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Alan Pardew’s hips lied.

The Crystal Palace man was caught on camera doing some sort of samba after Jason Puncheon had given the Eagles a late lead over Manchester United on this date in the 2016 FA Cup Final.

Unfortunately for the London set, Juan Mata had an answer and the Red Devils overcame a Chris Smalling red card in extra time to score a 2-1 win on a picture-perfect volley from Jesse Lingard.

The win was United’s 12th in the FA Cup, bringing it level with Arsenal before the Gunners beat Chelsea the following year.

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The Eagles scored in the 78th minute. Puncheon’s corner kick was cleared away from the box but picked up by Joel Ward, who spotted the forward at the back post.

Puncheon took a touch and beat David De Gea high from close range. It was 1-0, and ‘Pards’ was loving it.

The lead lasted three minutes, as Wayne Rooney led a dribble through the Palace team and was forced to cross from the right side of the box. Marouane Fellaini’s chest trap fell to Mata, who made no mistake.

The match went to extra time, and United went down a man in the 105th minute when Chris Smalling added a second yellow card to the one he collected in the 18th minute.

Again, the joy for Palace was short-lived. Antonio Valencia drove the right flank to send in a cross that was blocked into the path of Lingard.

The technique was marvelous, and United completed its dozen of FA Cup trophies.

Pardew confronted by frustrated Den Haag fans on training field

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Alan Pardew is experiencing a few — shall we say — growing pains in his first couple of months in charge of Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag, culminating in a number of frustrated fans entering the club’s training field and confronting the English manager on Wednesday.

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According to reports, around 10 supporters made their way onto the club’s training field to protest recent results. Den Haag have won just one of six games since Pardew was named manager on Christmas Eve. That lone victory came on Pardew’s debut all the way back on Jan. 19. Since then, they have lost three games and drawn two.

Talks between the fans and staff are said to have gone smoothly, but their mere presence is a clear indicator that Pardew isn’t exactly universally loved. With Den Haag currently sitting in 17th place — one spot and four points from the relegation playoff place — Pardew’s Dutch adventure is looking more and more like it’ll be just a six-month stay as his initial contract stated.

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Den Haag CEO Mohammed Hamdi commented on the fans’ protest with the following statement: “ADO Den Haag has one of the most loyal groups of fans in the Netherlands. They are so passionate and want to support the team. The club and supporters are supporting Alan Pardew and the team.”

Rodriguez racial abuse charge found “not proven”

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West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez will not face punishment for an alleged racist incident against Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Gulls’ Gaetan Bong claimed that Rodriguez racially abused him during a Jan. 13 match, and Rodriguez was charged by the Football Association.

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Fired manager Alan Pardew reportedly spoke up for Rodriguez at the hearing, after which the charge was found to be “not proven.”

The club released a statement following the verdict, with West Brom director of football administration Richard Garlick saying:

“Everyone at the Club is delighted for Jay because this has been a trying period for him. He has always maintained his innocence and we are naturally pleased the Commission has dismissed the charge.”

Alan Pardew leaves West Brom

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Well, that didn’t go well. At all.

Alan Pardew has “agreed to mutually part company” with West Bromwich Albion after 18 Premier League games in charge which yielded just one win and eight points from a possible 54.

West Brom are bottom of the Premier League table, 10 points from safety with just six games to go and heading for relegation after a eight-year stay in the top-flight. Per the club website, former West Brom skipper and center back Darren Moore will take charge of the team “until further notice.”

Pardew, 56, took over from Tony Pulis in November with the Baggies already in the midst of a massive slump as they’d failed to win since August and were on a 10-game winless run.

Things got worse as Pardew had to handle an incident on a warm-weather training trip to Barcelona as several veterans allegedly stole a taxi on a late night out in February.

The former West Ham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace manager signed a contract until the end of the 2019-20 season when he arrived at the Hawthorns in November, but West Brom and Pardew didn’t feel he would be a good fit for what will highly-likely be a promotion challenge in the second-tier of English soccer next season.

Below is the statement in full from West Brom on Pardew moving on.

West Bromwich Albion and Alan Pardew have agreed to mutually part company today following discussions between both parties.

Assistant Head Coach John Carver will also be leaving. The Club would like to thank Alan and John for their efforts and wish them well in their future endeavours.

First-team coach Darren Moore has been placed in charge of first team affairs until further notice. The Club will not be making any further comment at this time.

Pardew: West Brom “should have had enough to beat Huddersfield”

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West Bromwich Albion missed a massive opportunity to help save their Premier League lives, and manager Alan Pardew knows it.

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“We have two or three flair players missing but we should have had enough to beat Huddersfield really,” he said after the Baggies lost 2-1 at home to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

“It was a messy game, which they are good at. They get into your face and with the confidence we have maybe it affected us a bit.”

The Hawthorns crowd booed West Brom off the pitch following a loss that keeps them seven points shy of safety with 10 matches to play.

A forgiving fixture list is West Brom’s only hope for a great escape, though performances like Saturday against a fellow struggler is not going to encourage anyone.

West Brom remaining fixtures
3/3 at Watford
3/10 vs. Leicester City
3/17 at Bournemouth
3/31 vs. Burnley
4/7 vs. Swansea City
4/14 at Manchester United
4/21 vs. Liverpool
4/28 at Newcastle United
5/5 vs. Spurs
5/13 at Crystal Palac

West Brom played very poorly for manager Tony Pulis, and hasn’t looked much better with Pardew in charge. The Baggies are looking more and more like a club destined for the Championship.

“I think it is three wins in 37 games. It is a problem, we just have to find a way to win a game, however it and however ugly it is. It was certainly ugly today.”