Alan Pardew on Friday night conceded that his West Bromwich Albion future was already in doubt after just 16 games in charge.
Failure to beat Huddersfield Town at the Hawthorns on Saturday could spell the end of his reign, which has produced just one league win.
That has taken his personal record as a Premier League manager to seven wins in his past 49 games, while his decision to take his squad to Barcelona for a training camp that ended with four senior players fined by the club for breaking a curfew and allegedly stealing a taxi has heaped further pressure on him.
“[Antonio] Conte summed it up this week by saying you’ve always got a bag packed – I’ve got a bag-and-a-half packed,” said Pardew.
“If you’re asking me how I feel, I’m disappointed and of course I’m angry with what’s happened this last week, but I’m also determined and I don’t want to leave the football club.
“I want to give it the best possible go I can. The spotlight does fall heavily on the manager, as Jose Mourinho has found out this week like myself, and we’re probably both hoping it’s somebody else’s turn next week.”
The former Hawthorns hierarchy of John Williams and Martin Goodman, the chairman and chief executive who were sacked last week, chose Pardew in the hope he would oversee an immediate upturn in results, as he did when taking over at Newcastle United and Crystal Palace.
Alan Pardew: I'm disappointed and angry, but I want to stay at West Brom
The Telegraph | Feb 24