Belfast Telegraph

I'm the West Brom psychologist, says new boss Pardew

West Brom boss Alan Pardew is ready to get into his players' heads to halt their slide.

Failure to win at Liverpool on Wednesday would stretch the Baggies' winless run to 16 games in all competitions, the longest in their 139-year history.

Albion are only above the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference after Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Swansea.

They have not won since August and Pardew, who replaced Tony Pulis last month, is trying some positive mind games.

"I'm the psychologist - I've told them and I'm sure they've got the message," he said.

"I can't play, though, and your experienced players and younger players need to understand where the game is and how will we see it through.

"This group is intelligent enough to grasp that - and over the years this team's been very good at it actually - it's only in the last three months that they've found it a problem.

"I think it's important you have a dialogue with players, try to know how they're feeling and what emotions they're going through in certain situations.

"It's important to try to address certain players' mistakes that they have made and not bury your head in the sand about it and ignore it - you might as well face it."

Pardew also hinted he is keen on Liverpool striker Danny Ings, who has just returned for the Reds following a second serious knee injury.

He made a first top-flight appearance for 19 months in the 1-1 draw against Everton and has an admirer in Pardew.

"I'd be foolish to say I don't like Danny Ings because I quite like him," he said.

"It's a shame about his injury - he's had to battle back and everyone wishes him well. I haven't even looked at January this week because of the tight schedule of the games.

"But I have seen Nicky Hammond (sporting director) to pencil in a meeting to talk about that this week."


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