West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew calls for unity in relegation scrap

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It's understood a lack of credible alternatives has kept Pardew in the hot-seat for now, but the board are now in danger of coming under criticism for failing to act.

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew faces a battle to hold on to his job after Watford's Troy Deeney struck a late victor at Vicarage Road to inflict a fifth consecutive Premier League defeat on the Midlands outfit on Saturday.

The Baggies remain rooted to the foot of the table and are now eight points adrift of safety with only nine matches to play.

Victory would push the Hertfordshire club another vital step closer to the 40-point barrier, so often enough to secure Premier League status.

The travelling West Brom supporters joined the Watford fans in goading Pardew by singing that he will be sacked on Sunday morning.

After the game, Pardew wasn't sure he was safe but did keep referring to the Leicester game coming up, and it's now been confirmed he will be in charge for that fixture.

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"The mood of our stadium next week can only be one thing for us and hopefully the fans will stay with us", Sky Sports News quotes him as saying. That is what I will do with John (Carver) and Darren (Moore) and my staff.

"It is Troy's second goal in the last two games and we have got six important points", Gracia said. It's not where we want to be. I am employed to be the manager of this football team and I try to put out a side that I think has got a chance of delivering the win.

"I am frustrated that we have not got the results perhaps we deserved".

"These last three or four games have been disappointing, from the injuries of the Liverpool game". I don't know what we will be able to do over the next 10 games. There's many times after a game I'll hold my hands up and say I didn't set ourselves up right.

"I see my players every day and now I feel they have more confidence and happiness", the Watford manager said at a press conference, broadcast on the club's official website.