Moore pleads for unity

Darren Moore, the new caretaker boss at West Brom has said that he wants to see the club unite between now and the end of the season.

He has taken charge of the Baggies until the end of the current campaign following Alan Pardew's departure after the weekend defeat to Burnley.

That loss left Albion rooted to the foot of the Premier League table 10 points from safety with just six games remaining.

So relegation from the top flight appears inevitable with the side having won just three matches all season, two under Tony Pulis and just one during Pardew's time in charge at the Hawthorns.

Moore, a former Baggies defender who was part of Pardew's backroom staff, says that, whatever happens with results in those last few games, he wants to see unity return to the club.

He told the BBC: "We've always bounced back before and that's what we will do again.

"West Bromwich Albion has always been a family for me. And that's the word I shall focus on – family.

"We need to get the unity back among everyone – the players, the staff, the fans, everyone connected with Albion, because that is the only way forward."

West Brom still have to play Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham before the end of the season but they start life after Pardew with a home game against Swansea on Saturday.

The Baggies are 29/20 to get their fourth league win of the season while Swansea, three points above the bottom three are 2/1 to continue their revival under new boss Carlos Carvalhal. The draw is priced at 21/10.

Albion are 3/1 to win the game by a one goal margin.

Relegation for Albion can't be confirmed this weekend but, depending on results, could come as soon as their trip to Old Trafford on 15th April.

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Pardew departs West Brom

Alan Pardew has parted company with the Premier League's bottom club West Bromwich Albion by mutual consent.

The 56-year-old former Crystal Palace, West Ham, Newcastle and Southampton boss only took over at The Hawthorns in late November when he replaced the sacked Tony Pulis.

However, his tenure has been hugely disappointing with just one win in 18 games at the helm as Saturday's eighth successive defeat – against Burnley at home – left the Baggies 10 points adrift of safety with only six matches and 18 points left to play for.

The club have confirmed via a statement that Pardew and his assistant head coach John Carver have left the club and Darren Moore will take over on a caretaker basis until a permanent successor is found.

It read: "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."

The Baggies look set to be back in the Championship next season after eight years in the top flight, but are 29/20 to win their next Premier League match against Swansea at The Hawthorns on Saturday. The Swans are available at 2/1 to win and the draw is 21/10.

Evans reveals Albion anguish

Jonny Evans has revealed that there were some tears shed in the West Brom dressing room after last weekend's loss to Bournemouth.

Their latest loss leaves Albion rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, nine points from safety with only seven games left to play.

Defeat at Bournemouth was their seventh straight in the league, while they have won just once in the Premier League since August.

Northern Ireland defender Evans admits it was hard to take losing at the Vitality Stadium, having taken a second half lead.

"There was a lot of hope and optimism that we would get something from it. We were upset," said 30-year-old Evans, who was heavily linked with a January move away from the Hawthorns.

"Our performances throughout the season haven't been up to scratch. We haven't got enough points on board.

"I think there is hope. It's not like we have got to the point where we have accepted relegation.

"There were a few tears after the game at the weekend. We were ahead and then the game swung in the last 15 minutes and I think it has been the story of our season. It's hard to take sometimes."

Homes games against Burnley and Swansea follow the international break for West Brom, 1/125 to be relegated, and Evans says they cannot just give up.

"Mathematically, though, we still have hope and we keep going until it is mathematically not possible. We owe that to ourselves and the fans to do that. That's what we will continue to do that," he added.

West Brom are 17/10 to beat Burney on 31st March, with the Clarets 9/5 and the draw 2/1.

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Pardew: We’re in last-chance saloon

A dejected Alan Pardew accepts that relegation for his West Brom team is increasingly likely after the 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth.

The Baggies are 1/125 to be relegated after losing to the Cherries, despite taking the lead.

Albion have only won three of their 31 Premier League matches of the campaign – and two of those came in August – and they are 31/20 to beat Burnley at The Hawthorns their next game against  on 31st March.

Pardew said: "It's tough for us, tough for my players in particular because, in terms of the game plan and delivering it, I couldn't really ask for any more.

"We got ourselves in a great position, made a couple of errors and got punished for it. That's the story of our season a little bit. It was galling because, obviously, without it being our last chance, it's getting near last-chance saloon.

"If you look at our record since the start of the year, you would have to say yes [relegation is likely] but, of course, we have to keep battling on.

"That performance could easily have been a win but unfortunately for us it wasn't."

Pardew has future doubts

Alan Pardew has admitted his future as West Brom boss is uncertain following their 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Leicester City on Saturday.

Signs are looking ominous for the Baggies as they sit rock bottom of the Premier League table, with eight points between themselves and safety.

Following that defeat at The Hawthorns against the Foxes, Pardew knows his side are starring down the barrel of relegation and his future at this point is up in the air.

"Before you even ask will I speak to upstairs? Of course I will because it's getting difficult," said Pardew.

"I will still talk to them and get a feel for what they think because they might think a change is a better thing for the club.

"I'm going to have to sleep on this result and come up with how we're going to go forward. I want the best for West Brom."

Pardew will be hoping he is still at the helm for West Brom's next game in the Premier League as they prepare to make the trip to the south coast to face Bournemouth.

Games are running out for the Baggies to save their season and three points at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday is a must if they are realistically to avoid the drop.

West Brom are 16/5 to win, 5/2 to draw and 17/20 to lose to the Cherries.

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Pardew waits on future decision

Alan Pardew is waiting to see if Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Watford will cost him his job as manager of rock-bottom West Bromwich Albion.

There had been speculation ahead of the trip to Vicarage Road that the 56-year-old would be axed if they failed to pick up any points from the game.

Hornets striker Troy Deeney scored the only goal in the 77th minute of a tight encounter to leave the Baggies rooted to the foot of the table, eight points adrift of safety with only nine matches remaining.

The situation looks dire for the club, while Pardew, who has picked up just eight points in 18 games in charge since he replaced Tony Pulis in late November, accepted that he could be relieved of his duties at any time.

"If the consequences from this defeat are that I lose my job then that will be what it is," he said.

Pardew added: "It has turned into a personal situation, but this is about West Brom and not about me.

"I have got no message to the board. I don't think it is anything to do with that.

"I am employed to be the manager of this football team and I try to put out a side that I think has got a chance of delivering the win.

"All I can hope, and what I think was on the surface today, was a commitment from the players to address the situation. Unfortunately for us we came out the wrong side of it."

The Baggies, who are 1/5 to finish the season bottom of the table, are available at 15/8 to pick up a much-needed win in their next Premier League outing against Leicester at The Hawthorns on Saturday. The Foxes are priced at 6/4 to win and the draw is 11/5.

Pardew seeking unlikely spark

Manager Alan Pardew accepts his West Bromwich Albion side are in a huge hole as they sit bottom of the Premier League table and seven points adrift of safety.

The Baggies missed chance to improve their situation on Saturday as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Huddersfield Town, who moved three points clear of the drop zone thanks to their victory at The Hawthorns.

And Pardew admitted afterwards that the situation is looking grave for his team, who have only won three times in the league this season, having finished last term with a nine-games winless run.

He told reporters: "Three wins in 37 games says it all really – we've got to find a way (to get a win).

"However we get it, maybe it can spark us into life. We've got players who can perform better than they have done today.

"There's no point me defending myself or defending players. I have to stand up and manage the team and they have to stand up and give us performances where we get seven, eight, nine out of 10 performances.

"We are not getting those at the moment and we have to find a way to win a game. My job is to try to get ourselves up as best we can for next week."

Next up for Albion is a trip to Vicarage Road next Saturday to take on Watford, with the two sides having drawn 2-2 at The Hawthorns earlier this season.

West Brom can be backed at 9/4 to claim a draw against the Hornets, who are 11/10 to win the game and 9/1 to claim a 2-0 victory.

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Pardew convinced of Albion desire

West Brom manager Alan Pardew says he is convinced that the squad have the quality and the desire to fight off relegation.

The Baggies enter the weekend desperate for a win to lift the mood at the Hawthorns with off-field problems added to by an FA Cup defeat last weekend.

It is back to the Premier League on Saturday with a crucial home game against Huddersfield, another team fighting relegation.

West Brom are bottom of the table, seven points off safety while the Terriers, who beat Bournemouth in their last league game, are just a point and a place above the bottom three.

Since Pardew was installed as Tony Pulis's successor in November he has managed only one league win and he knows the importance of getting three points on Saturday.

He said that he and the squad retain belief. Speaking at a press conference head of the Huddersfield game he said: "Our desire levels are strong and the group have come together.

"If you look at our games, they've been so tight and we've drawn plenty. We need to turn draws into the five or six wins we will need.

"I promise our fans this – we aren't going to settle for a draw anywhere, even against the top teams."

Albion are 10/11 to win at the weekend with Huddersfield 10/3 and the draw priced at 9/4.

Pardew, who hopes to have Jake Livermore back in the squad after injury, says his and the team's only focus is on beating the Terriers at the weekend, admitting that it is a massive game.

Pardew also confirmed that Jonny Evans will captain the side on Saturday after he was stripped of the role, in the FA Cup defeat to Southampton last weekend.

West Brom are 9/4 to successfully avoid relegation at the end of the season.

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Pardew up for survival fight

Alan Pardew accepts that his West Brom side face something of a must-win Premier League game at home to Huddersfield Town next weekend.

Boss Pardew was speaking after seeing his side suffer a 2-1 FA Cup fifth round defeat at home to Southampton, although he was buoyed by an action-packed second half which almost saw Albion force a replay.

Now his attentions turns to a visit from the Terriers next Saturday, with Town currently just outside the bottom three, seven points better off than the rock-bottom Baggies.

Pardew told reporters: "We've got to stay injury-free, we've got to try and get a win against Huddersfield and take that momentum into the next few games.

"Three wins in this division, as Swansea have proven, changes your position massively and that's what we need to do.

"It was difficult to go 2-0 down in the circumstances we're under and I think anybody who was here will see that that was a proper fight and a proper effort.

"I hope I'm the right man because I'm an experienced manager. I've experienced this situation a few times before.

"Once I have been relegated, at Charlton, but I've got out of this situation before at Newcastle and Crystal Palace and I'm determined to get out of this one as well."

Albion are 19/20 to secure a crucial win over Huddersfield next Saturday and are 5/1 to win the game 1-0, with a 2-1 home victory available at 9/1.

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Pardew allays Sturridge fears

West Brom boss Alan Pardew is confident that Daniel Sturridge's hamstring injury is not serious and he should be able to play again before the end of the month.

The striker, on loan at The Hawthorns from Liverpool, had to be substituted after only three minutes on Monday as Albion slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Chelsea.

The loss leaves the Baggies at 4/11 to be relegated while Chelsea are now available at 4/5 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this term.

Albion play Southampton on Saturday in the fifth round of the FA Cup – they are 13/8 to win the match – before meeting relegation rivals Huddersfield Town on 24th February.

"We need him up and running as it's goals we've struggled with," Pardew said of Sturridge.

"He felt his hamstring after a 60-metre sprint in the first moments of the game. We'll have to nurse him. He won't play next week but hopefully the week after.

"There have been so many drawn games we should have won, and losing Daniel Sturridge after three minutes was a blow in itself. But if we can get two or three wins in our next group of games we can put pressure on the other teams."

West Brom are five points adrift at the foot of the table after 27 fixtures and seven points away from safety. They can be backed at 40/1 to win the FA Cup this season.