Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Pardew Quit Threat

According to today's Daily Mirror West Ham have reportedly decided to scrap plans for a £70 million takeover after manager Alan Pardew threatened to resign. The paper claims that Pardew had to be talked out of going after two days of inquests in the wake of Sunday's home defeat by his former club Reading, which left the Hammers out of the relegation zone only on goal difference.

One insider said: "The board wasn't left with very much option. It either let Alan walk out, or did the right thing for the club."

This story doesn't make much sense to me because if the board agree to the takeover and are no longer in charge of West Ham they wouldn't be affected by whether Pardew quit or not. However Pardew could well be a major factor in the board apparently telling Kia Joorabchian to put up or shut up.

Anyway hopefully manager, players and fans will learn either way in the next two days.

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