There you have it. The deed is done. Alan Pardew is officially the latest chapter in West Brom’s ongoing 10-year commitment to hiring utterly uninspiring managers.
Pardew has been appointed on a two-and-a-half year contract, replacing Tony Pulis, who replaced Alan Irvine, who replaced Pepe Mel, who replaced Steve Clarke, who replaced Roy Hodgson, who replaced Roberto Di Matteo, who replaced Tony Mowbray, who replaced Bryan Robson, who replaced Gary Megson.
Maybe we’re being unfair. At least Mel was a part-time mystery crime novelist.
Introducing our new Head Coach, Alan Pardew…
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) November 29, 2017
Six victories in a calendar year in his last role, which is pathetic, and Pardew is still considered a leading – nay, successful candidate.
In all seriousness, when it comes to Premier League managers, exactly how consistently bad do you need to be before you finally start getting overlooked?