Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has expressed sympathy for West Brom boss Alan Pardew following his side’s recent off-field incidents.
As quoted by the Independent, Saints boss Pellegrino defended Pardew’s decision to take his West Brom side away from a training camp to Barcelona, despite its ill-fated conclusion.
I have done that all my life; decisions about who goes to a break, the training ground, the training camp – two days, seven days, 10 days, three weeks, I have never had any problem. Sometimes when I was a player a manager would say ‘have one day off, go out and enjoy’. Today, when players are out together they have to be 100 per cent of the time aware of their behaviour but I have never had a problem.
I don’t like to talk about the other team. Today there so are many informations about football, football is so important in our culture. But I don’t know if this type of news affects or not the performance on the pitch, to be honest.
Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill broke in-house rules during the stay in Spain and were even involved in a police investigation following the allegations made that they stole a taxi in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Pellegrino had a hand in compounding Pardew’s misery on Saturday, too. His Southampton side defeated West Brom for the second time in a fortnight, seeing them off with a 2-1 win at the Hawthorns to progress to the quarter finals of the FA Cup.
But the players today are really professional; it is impossible to play at this level if you are not professional. But everybody makes mistakes. The problem is that everybody knows these lads, they are famous, they are the TV every single week. There is a lot of news around these teams.
They are all very professional because the pressure for them is to be out there on the pitch, to be on top of preparation, to be on top of nutrition, to rest – it is really hard to play at this level. Sometimes they have the right to enjoy themselves.
Pardew is in the firing line with West Brom fans now with the club still rooted to the bottom of the Premier League. Pellegrino is also under criticism from Saints fans, as the club sit marginally ahead in 18th place.