Pardew leaves Premier League tailenders West Brom

By on January 10, 2020

first_img0Shares0000Alan Pardew leaves West Bromwich Albion bottom of the English Premier table after just four months in charge of the club © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 2 – Alan Pardew paid the price for a club record eight successive Premier League defeats by leaving his managerial role at West Bromwich Albion by mutual consent on Monday.The 56-year-old had only been at the club for four months after replacing Tony Pulis but failed to revive their fortunes and he leaves them bottom of the table 10 points adrift of safety with just six games remaining. Three of those matches are against Champions League chasing trio Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.Former Hull and Watford manager Marco Silva is the bookies early favourite to take over the role.“West Bromwich Albion and Alan Pardew have agreed to mutually part company today following discussions between both parties,” read a club statement on their website.“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 — whose last managerial job saw him sacked as Crystal Palace manager in the 2016/17 campaign months after taking them to the FA Cup final — replaced Pulis after the club had failed to win in 10 matches.His cause was not helped by his players off-the-field behaviour either.Four senior players — including Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans and England midfielder Jake Livermore — broke a team curfew whilst on a warm weather training camp in Barcelona in February and stole a taxi.Pardew, a former Reading team-mate of West Brom technical director Nick Hammond, was the club’s sixth manager since 2011.They won just once in 18 league games under him, and took only eight points from a possible 54.Pardew’s departure comes six weeks after the club sacked chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman.Goodman’s replacement Martin Jenkins found the finances in such a poor state that he had to organise the club’s first overdraft in a decade.“I’ve come back (he had been chief executive for 14 years before leaving at the end of 2016) and I’m shocked at what I have found in some of the decisions that have been made,” he told The Times last week.“I’ve come back and can assure you that we are right at our limit on STCC (short-term cost control). There is no more money for (players) wages.”West Brom are in their eighth successive Premier League season but have taken only 20 points from their 32 matches this campaign.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Finland Defeats Greece in Nations League; England Hands Spain Its First Home Loss in 15 Years

By on November 18, 2019

first_imgMADRID (AP) — In Group 2 of League C, Finland beat Greece 2-0 at home to remain perfect with four wins and a clean sheet after four matches. Estonia and Hungary drew 3-3 in the group’s other match.It was an odd scene at Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville: The few visiting English fans were chanting “Ole” at every touch of the ball by their squad, while the home Spanish crowd was jeering its own players.It was only halftime on Monday and the Spaniards had already seen their national team concede three goals for the first time ever in a competitive match at home. By the end, they were witnesses to La Roja’s first home loss in 15 years.Raheem Sterling scored twice and Marcus Rashford once in a stunning first half for England, which held on to beat Spain 3-2 in the UEFA Nations League to get back in contention for a spot in the final four of Europe’s newest competition.In the other match in League A, Iceland lost to Switzerland 2-1 and was relegated to the second-tier League B.Sterling ended his three-year scoring drought with England with goals on each side of Rashford’s strike before the break, leading England to its first win in Spain since 1987.“For a young team, they put in an incredibly mature performance, withstood pressure reasonably well and should all be really proud,” England coach Gareth Southgate said.Finland’s Simon Skrabb, on the ground, and Jasse Tuominen, right, is challenged by Kostas Tsimikas, left, Kostas Manolas, 2nd left, and Carlos Zeca of Greece during the UEFA Nations League football match between Finland and Greece in Tampere, Finland, on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)Spain suffered its first loss in a competitive match at home since 2003 against Greece. It hadn’t lost at home in 38 matches, and had not conceded three goals in a home match since 1991 in a friendly against Hungary.“It shows how tough it is to come here and win and we have done that,” England forward Harry Kane said. “We came out of the blocks firing, great pressing.”Paco Alcacer scored Spain’s first goal early in the second half and Sergio Ramos claimed the second on the final play of the match.“We have to admit we played very badly in the first half,” Spain coach Luis Enrique said. “We made a lot of individual mistakes.”Despite the loss, Spain stayed ahead in Group 4 of League A with two more points than England after three matches. Croatia, with a game in hand, was five points behind Spain.Spain could have secured a spot in the last four with a win, while a draw would have ended England’s chances of advancing. Only the group winner moves on.Spain started well but its high defensive line struggled against the speed of England’s young forwards. The visitors were clinical, scoring on all of their attempts on goal. Spain totaled 25 attempts and 70 percent of possession, and blew it.England opened the scoring early in a fast breakaway. Rashford sent a nice ball into space for Sterling, who entered the area with only the goalkeeper to beat and found the top of the net with a superb finish. It was his first goal for England since 2015, and first ever away from Wembley.“It was a beautiful feeling,” Sterling said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself to try to get in the box and score. Sometimes it works for you and sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s my position to score goals so I need to keep that going.”Rashford added to the lead in the 30th after a perfect through ball by Kane, entering the area and finishing with a shot from near the penalty spot.Sterling got on the board again from close range after Kane’s set-up in a move which started with a nice pass by Ross Barkley over the top of the Spanish defenders.Spain got on the board in the 58th through a header by substitute striker Alcacer, who has 10 goals in his last six games with club and country. Ramos’ last-minute goal also was a header.RELEGATED ICELANDIceland needed to beat Switzerland for the first time to avoid relegation but the Swiss got off to a two-goal lead and held on to victory.Switzerland routed Iceland 6-0 at home in the team’s opener. It moved into a tie with Belgium for first place in Group 2. The Belgians have a game in hand.LOWER LEAGUESIn League B, Bosnia-Herzegovina defeated Northern Ireland 2-1 at home to take a six-point lead over Austria atop Group 3.Luxembourg defeated San Marino 3-0 to take the lead in Group 2 of League D, ahead of Belarus, which was held by Moldova to 0-0.—By TALES AZZONI , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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