Alan Pardew given a week to halt West Brom’s slump in form

• Premier League match at Watford key to future of manager
• Home defeat by Huddersfield leaves club seven points from safety

Alan Pardew will cling to his job as West Bromwich Albion manager for another week after the club’s board agreed to stand by the 56-year-old despite growing supporter unrest. However, his future is under serious consideration and another defeat on Saturday, when his side visit Watford, will almost certainly bring the sack.

The damaging 2-1 defeat at home to Huddersfield Town on Saturday leaves Albion anchored to the bottom of the Premier League, seven points adrift of safety, with only 10 matches remaining. The club’s hierarchy are deeply concerned by their league position but also the fact that Pardew has had no positive impact on the team’s fortunes since his appointment in November. Albion have won only one of Pardew’s 14 league matches and a section of the fans turned on the manager in the closing stages of the game against Huddersfield.

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via Football | The Guardian

Sydney FC win 3-1 in ‘most lopsided derby in Australian football’

  • Sydney FC 3-1 Western Sydney Wanderers at Allianz Stadium
  • Arnold calls derby ‘most lopsided’ in Australian football

Graham Arnold has declared the Sydney derby the most lopsided in Australian football after Sydney FC surged from behind to topple Western Sydney 3-1.

Adrian Mierzejewski produced another masterclass as driving rain hit a soggy Allianz Stadium pitch, netting a double before Bobo struck late to bring the Sky Blues within touching distance of defending the Premiers’ Plate. Win their next two games and it will be theirs, while the Wanderers continue their fight to stay in the top six.

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via Football | The Guardian