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Alan Pardew admits West Brom are running out of time

Albion are sliding towards the Championship after picking up just eight points from a possible 51 under Pardew.

Under-fire West Brom boss Alan Pardew insists he will continue to fight for his job after his team slipped closer to Premier League relegation.

Rock bottom Albion are in a perilous position following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth, 10 points adrift of safety with seven games to play.

Pardew admitted the result, a seventh successive league loss, has left the Baggies with little chance of staving off relegation.

However, he has no intention of walking away from the club having signed a contract until the end of the 2019/20 season when replacing Tony Pulis at The Hawthorns in late November.

Speaking about his future, he said: “I get asked (about) it every week.

“Unfortunately when you’re losing it makes it more and more difficult.

“But of course I’m under contract here for another three years (two seasons) and I’ve got to keep fighting.

“And I keep saying to my players after (games), you’ve got to keep fighting and showing pride in what you do and that’s what I’m going to do until such time that I’m told not to.

“Unfortunately for us, we are running out of time.”

Pardew has now taken just eight points from a possible 51 since his appointment.

After holding clear-the-air talks with the club’s owners during the week, he looked to be heading for just his second league win in charge after Jay Rodriguez put his side ahead on the south coast.

But the Baggies let their opponents back into the game and ended up empty handed following Jordon Ibe’s speculative long-range effort and a late free-kick from Junior Stanislas.

Pardew feels bad luck has also played a part in Albion’s struggles.

“It’s just tough, there’s things going against us,” he added.

“But when you’re down the bottom of the league, that does happen.”

Victory for Bournemouth ended their four-game winless streak as they climbed to 10th position in the table, eight points clear of danger.

Cherries manager Eddie Howe hopes warm-weather training in Dubai can help the club complete the job of retaining their top-flight status when they return to action following the international break.

“We’ve done these training camps at the exact same time during the last two seasons,” Howe told afcb.co.uk.

“We feel it has been of benefit for us in the past.

“Last season we came back from a break at this stage of the season and put together a really good run of results.

“With the weather that we have here, and the fact that we have a lot of our players away on international duty, we feel that it is wise to change the environment the players are training in.”

Howe also revealed that midfielder Harry Arter, who was absent for Saturday’s game, will withdraw from international duty with the Republic of Ireland due to injury.

“Harry Arter won’t (go), he’s got a calf strain, hence why he missed out,” Howe added.

“We don’t think it’s anything too serious but I’ll think it be enough to keep him out of the international games and maybe our next game away to Watford.”

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