A statistical look at Alan Pardew’s record as West Brom manager
West Brom’s fortunes have not looked up since appointing Pardew.
Pressure continues to mount on West Brom manager Alan Pardew following Saturday’s defeat to Huddersfield.
Albion have now played as many Premier League games this season under Pardew, 14, as they did before his appointment but results have declined.
Chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman were sacked earlier this month, while a disciplinary issue involving captain Jonny Evans and fellow senior players Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill at a training camp in Spain also did nothing to help Pardew’s cause.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at how Pardew has fared since taking over at the end of November:
A backward step
Tony Pulis was sacked after taking 10 points from the first 12 games of the season – two wins, four draws and six defeats – and another two draws followed under caretaker Gary Megson before Pardew was appointed.
Under his management, though, the club have won only one game and taken eight points in all – that equates to 0.57 per game, compared to 0.86 under the combination of Pulis and Megson.
They are also scoring fewer goals – 0.71 per game, down from 0.86 – and Pardew has failed to fix their record of conceding 1.5 goals per game.
Left in the shade
There have never been more managerial changes by this stage of a Premier League campaign than this season’s eight, and Pardew is the only one not to improve his team’s points-per-game ratio.
Swansea’s resurgence under Carlos Carvalhal has been pronounced, with the former Sheffield Wednesday boss collecting more points in eight games than the team managed in the 20 before his arrival.
David Moyes and Claude Puel have improved West Ham and Leicester respectively by a margin of 0.42 points per game, while Everton have improved from 1.07 to 1.36 since appointing Sam Allardyce.
Roy Hodgson enjoys the biggest improvement but was starting from the lowest possible bar – Crystal Palace lost their first four games before quickly pulling the trigger on Frank de Boer.
Watford’s Javi Gracia and Stoke’s Paul Lambert have also enjoyed an improvement in their respective clubs’ results during their brief time in charge.
A reason for hope?
A closer look at shooting chances generated by the Baggies does offer some encouragement for Pardew.
His first six games in charge saw an immediate improvement in his side’s shot statistics, aside from a poor showing in defeat to Swansea – Liverpool were the only other team to have more shots than Albion in a run of games otherwise showed promise.
They dominated their goalless draw against Palace with 20 shots to 10, and six on target to two, and also had the better of the shooting statistics in defeats to Stoke and Manchester United – two more on target than their opponents on each occasion, and 17 shots to Stoke’s nine at the bet365 Stadium.
Their goalless draw with Everton saw each team have three shots on target, but Albion managed 17 altogether to the Toffees’ seven.
Only in recent games have their performances truly dropped off, and those featured tough tests against Manchester City and Chelsea in which they were out-shot by a combined 39 to 11, conceding 18 efforts on target and managing just two themselves.
However, defeats to Southampton and Huddersfield, with a combined 19 Albion shots to 29 from their opponents and six to 12 on target, have helped increase the scrutiny on Pardew.