Good morning and welcome to Tuesday. I’m off work today thankfully. It gives me a chance to do a few bits and pieces involving the site. Hopefully I can manage to get them done. I was trying to sort a few things last week and broke something and the site was down for two hours. It was a nightmare trying to fix it. Hopefully something similar doesn’t happen today!
Yesterday was a relatively quiet day in terms of Premier League news. Maybe it was because it was a bank holiday, and maybe more will happen today. We will have Jurgen Klopp’s pre-game press conference ahead of Liverpool vs Man City later on, so that should give us a bit to talk about. I’m not sure when Pep Guardiola’s is, but I assume that’s also today.
The big news yesterday was that Alan Pardew has left West Brom by mutual consent. A short statement on West Brom’s official website said:
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.
First-team coach Darren Moore has been placed in charge of the team for now. West Brom are rock bottom of the Premier League table. They’re 10 points from safety with just six games to play. There’s no hope for them now, and they will be playing Championship football next season unless there’s a miracle.
I thought Pardew was a decent appointment at the time if I’m honest. I thought he might have been able to get something out of the players, and he could have turned things around. But I was completely wrong and that wasn’t even close to happening. He didn’t have any sort of impact at all. I was looking at what Roy Hodgson was doing at Crystal Palace, and thought Pardew might be able to do something similar once he got a few games into him. I even said it at the time. I’ve no problem admitting I was wrong there, it was a really bad prediction!
West Brom just have to hope they can come straight back up from the Championship next season. That’ll be hard though, because the Championship is such a tough league to get out of. We see clubs going down, and it could take years to come back up, if they ever do. I’m not convinced the Baggies have an exceptional squad of players as it is to be honest, and they’ll likely lose a couple in the summer as well. They’ll need to bring a few in, but that’ll be difficult when they’re in the Championship. They’re not in a good position here, and you’d imagine they’re fearing the worst.
Mick McCarthy, who will leave Ipswich at the end of the season, is the bookies’ favourite to take over at the Hawthorns. There were reports a few weeks ago that Leicester’s assistant manager, Michael Appleton, was in line to take over in the summer. Then there were reports yesterday that Nigel Pearson and Craig Shakespeare were in the running for the job. If I’m being honest, I have no idea who they will look to and I have no idea who the best candidate would be. Big decisions for the Baggies’ board.
So, what else is going on? Not much apart from build up to Wednesday’s Champions League quarter final between Liverpool and Man City. Jurgen Klopp says ‘there will be fire’ in the game. I have to agree with him there to be honest. I think it’s going to be an absolutely cracking game, and we could see a few goals. We see teams trying to keep it tight in the first leg of a game, as they don’t want to be behind going into the second leg. But both of these sides absolutely love attacking. Surely there’s going to be goals.
“If I had the choice to watch a Champions League game on Wednesday I would watch this one,” Klopp said.
“I think it’s really not … it is about tactics but there will be fire in the game, so that’s cool. And it’s at Anfield anyway, so a good atmosphere to watch.”
Ilkay Gundogan spoke about the game, and he knows about the threat of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. He says he hopes City can get a good result in the first leg at Anfield, and then go back to the Etihad and dominate the game.
“There’s a lot of respect, because all three have scored plenty of goals and they’ve also set up many more,” the German midfielder said.
“Liverpool are still the only team that’s been capable of beating us in the Premier League. But we’re aware why this happened, although we performed pretty well that day.