West Brom manager Alan Pardew has admitted to a dressing room bust up with Chris Brunt last weekend, but feels that the outburst of emotion is a positive sign with the Baggies battling relegation.
Pardew has come under fire in recent weeks, and speculation had suggested that Albion’s recent 2-1 home defeat to Huddersfield may have been the managers final straw.
While Pardew still remains with the club for the time being, former club captain Brunt was prompted to question Pardew’s tactics and methods after the final whistle, as well as the application of his teammates.
However, Pardew doesn’t believe the dispute has damaged his position of authority, admitting that he would be foolish not to listen to what Brunt had to say, especially given Brunt’s history at the club, having been with Baggies for more than ten years. Pardew said;
The stuff which came out of the dressing room on Saturday was disappointing because what goes on in the dressing room should stay in the dressing room in my opinion.
But we did have drug testers in there so we had people in there not normally associated with the dressing room.
Having said that, I’m not sure if our fans will be disappointed in that. What do they expect us to do? Not have words? Not have conflict in the dressing room after a performance like that?
It came out about Brunty but it was not just Brunty. The captain (Jonny Evans) and everybody else, myself and John Carver all had opinions on why that performance was such.
I’d be foolish and not a good manager if I didn’t listen to those comments and look at them in reflection and come up, hopefully, with some answers for this Saturday.
When asked if he thought the confrontation would have undermined his position, Pardew said;
I don’t think so. I’ve always been questioned as a manager. Of course you get players coming into your office and saying why am I not playing? That’s questioning you.
Your tactical game plan is your tactical game plan and you can live or die by that. There’s many times after a game I’ll hold my hands up and say I didn’t set ourselves up right. I didn’t actually see a lot wrong with our set up on Saturday, if I’m honest.
Individual performances unfortunately weren’t good enough and that reflects on the manager at the end of the day.
But it’s about dealing with it and frustration and anger in the dressing room is part of sport. I have no problem with it to be honest. The only disappointing thing was it came out of the dressing room.