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Alan Pardew Sacking Exposes Relegation Candidates

After this past weekend’s goalfest in the EPL, Alan Pardew is suffering from a hangover as he was sacked by West Ham United this morning.

Thinking back to Saturday’s four matches that were shown live on Setanta and Fox Soccer Channel, we witnessed an incredible amount of goals but they were all against relegation candidates:

  • Charlton Athletic (five goals scored against)
  • Fulham (four goals scored against)
  • Manchester City (three goals scored against), and
  • West Ham United (four goals scored against).

In West Ham’s match at the Reebok Stadium versus Bolton, the Hammers were very much still in the game during the first half. But Bolton piled on the pressure in the second 45 minutes and opened up gaps in West Ham’s woeful defense.

In the pouring rain, the last images I have of that match are the West Ham fans doing the conga line in the away section, and Alan Pardew applauding the Hammers fans after the final whistle.

The question I have is whether a new manager at the Boleyn Ground is going to make much of a difference at West Ham. Just a few weeks ago they beat Arsenal at home, but their results since then have been disappointing.

Any predictions who the next manager will be? My vote: Alan Curbishley.

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2 Responses to Alan Pardew Sacking Exposes Relegation Candidates

  1. Anonymous says:

    There’s no hope for Watford, unless they buy ronaldinho or somebody of his class over the january transfer window.
    the quality is not there-simple as that.
    charlton, blackburn, fulham, man city, m’boro, and west ham are all in danger.
    and, of course, sheffield united.
    these are 8 teams that will fight to avoid being in the bottom 3 come may.
    the league is very very interesting this season-in terms of relegation and top of the table battles!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Agree. It’s been a pretty exciting season. I think Watford’s gone for sure. The other two? At present, I’d go with Charlton (Bent’s great, but no sustained offense) and Fulham. West Ham fans must be going nuts with their ups-and-downs.

    The interesting case to me is with Rovers. They’ve played fairly well in UEFA and have talent. I have to wonder if UEFA’s exposed them some and tired out their roster. So much so that EPL games come around and they’re just plain tired.

    …just wondering.

    Kent

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