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West Brom Targeting This Former Championship Mastermind: A Good Choice By The Baggies?

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As per one of the latest reports by Sky Sports, Nigel Pearson is perceived to be on West Bromwich Albion’s radar for catering to their managerial requirements next season. Alan Pardew left the Hawthorns on mutual consent on Monday as the decision to appoint the former Crystal Palace and Newcastle United manager eventually proved to be a disastrous one for the relegation-threatened outfit.

Pardew was appointed as the manager on 29th November 2017 when West Bromwich Albion weren’t performing in the manner they should have. When he was hired, the Throstles were positioned above the relegation zone, having collected 12 points from 14 games. Pardew was brought in to inject some freshness into the club and to ensure that the players gave their best shot but he flattered to deceive.

The 56-year-old could only muster 8 points during his four-month reign, from a possible 54, and won just 1 league fixture out of his 18 Premier League games in charge. There is no denying that his tactical nous was fruitless and he made took West Bromwich Albion into more trouble as they are currently placed rock-bottom in the league table with 20 points to their name after 32 outings.

Apparently, they are 10 points adrift of safety and with just six games to go, it goes without saying that it would take herculean efforts, along with substantial amount of miracles, to ensure their survival in the top-flight beyond the ongoing campaign. Besides, they are due to face some big sides like Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, which makes their equation to survive much trickier.

Swansea City, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace are the three other sides they are due to face in their last six games and it would be too tough an ask for the club to hold on to their key players in the summer if they get relegated. The 54-year-old manager has plenty of managerial experience under his belt as he had managed Southampton, Leicester City, Hull City and Derby County in the past.

He is currently managing Belgian outfit, OH Leuven, and his side have done pretty well this season. It would not be easy for Pearson to rebuild the team once and make a serious claim for promotion to the Premier League next season but he is a decent manager who needs to be backed properly by the board. Meanwhile, Darren Moore is expected to remain as a caretaker until the end of the season.

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