Alan Pardew, the West Bromwich Albion manager, is on the brink of losing his job after his side suffered their fifth successive Premier League defeat.

Troy Deeney’s late winner for Watford has left West Brom eight points adrift of safety at the foot of the table, and leaves Pardew clinging onto the job to which he was appointed at the end of November.

“People turn this into a personal situation,” Pardew said. “But this is about West Brom and not me. And if the consequences are that I lose my job, then that is what it is.”

Amid fears that Pardew’s relationship with his players had been irreparably damaged following an angry dressing room discussion last week, West Brom produced one of their better performances of his reign. But a series of missed opportunities and a defensive lapse cost them a point.