Conte isn’t responsible for Chelsea downfall – Pardew
In preparation for their clash with the League Champions on Monday night, West Bromwich Albion Manager, Alan Pardew has spoken about the many struggles that have culminated in Chelsea’s downfall this season as he insists that Antonio Conte isn’t the one to blame for the catastrophe.
Pardew himself has faced dismissal on a number of occasions in his career. He was fired from the Managerial positions at West Ham United, Charlton Athletic, Newcastle United, Southampton and most recently Crystal Palace.
In those periods, he has witnessed several upsurge and downfalls of impressive teams playing beautiful football and he gives total credit to the immediate impact that the former Italy Manager made on the Premier League by winning it in his first season with such an outstanding performance.
In his pre-match press conference, the 56-year old tactician said: “I do feel sorry for the manager because the job he did last year was absolutely outstanding and I don’t really think he’s changed too much,”
“Maybe the quality of the opposition has changed, and perhaps the players he’s had available haven’t been to the consistency he had when he won it.
“But you cannot fault his record and the job he’s done since he came to the Premier League. Chelsea had great momentum last season and they played a system that everybody was trying to deal with.
“We’ve all had extra time as managers to work out how to stop them so there’s been a little bit of that.
“He’s had injuries, he hasn’t got the momentum and momentum ‘that mystery word that we keep using as managers’ is such an important factor for confidence to everybody.”
His side, West Brom are currently positioned at the rock bottom of the League table, seven points away from safety. The game will be as important for Pardew in ensuring the survival of his team in the Premier League as it will be for Conte, who will be seeking to overturn the recent string of disappointing results.