It might be some time before Alan Pardew is managing in the Premier League again following his dismal spell at West Bromwich Albion.
The Baggies parted company with the 56-year-old on Sunday following the 2-1 defeat to Burnley the previous day, a result which left the club 10 points from safety with only six games remaining.
Pardew managed just one win in 18 matches and even Ian Wright, a friend of Pardew’s following their days together playing for Crystal Palace, admits his future is bleak.
"Which chairman's going to give him a job to keep them in the Premier League?" Wright said on BBC Radio 5 live.
“Even if he went into the Championship, which chairman is going to say I want Alan to come in and keep us in here?"
The campaign has been a disaster from start to finish for West Brom. A trip to Barcelona was supposed to reunite the players but Gareth Barry, Jonny Evans, Jake Livermore, and Boaz Myhill ended up embarrassing the club by allegedly stealing a taxi.
It was clear then that Pardew didn’t have complete support from his players, and further stories reveal the level of discord within the dressing room.
How Pardew treated 19-year-old Sam Field
Chris Brunt and Claudio Yacob criticised the manager’s tactics following the defeat to Huddersfield on February 24, in scenes described as “heated” by the Daily Mail.
And Pardew’s treatment of younger players in the squad didn’t go down well either.
Per the Mail, senior players were upset when Pardew launched a stinging rebuke of Sam Field, just 19-years-old, in front of the team after he was brought into the team to play Manchester City on January 31.
Perhaps the worst thing about this? Field had been ill that week.
The Mail’s report also claims that Pardew was aggressive in his approach towards Oliver Burke, 20, and tried to get West Brom’s Under-18s moved away from the training ground due to a lack of space.
It’s easy to see why things didn’t work out.
Among the names being considered to replace Pardew are Ostersunds manager Graham Potter, Leicester assistant Michael Appleton, and Derek McInnes, the current manager of Aberdeen.
Barring a miracle, whoever takes the role is going to be tasked with returning West Brom to the Premier League.News Now - Sport News