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West Brom stick with Pardew for 2 reasons...

West Brom are sticking with manager Alan Pardew due to the lack of quality candidates to succeed him.

The Mirror says Pardew has been given another stay of execution at rock-bottom West Brom – but only because there is a dearth of credible alternatives.

Doomed Pardew presided over Albion's sixth consecutive defeat at Watford on Saturday – but their improved display has earned him at least another week in charge.

The Baggies manager – one win in 15 Premier League games since taking over from Tony Pulis at the Hawthorns – appeared resigned to his fate at Vicarage Road, admitting: “If the consequences are that I lose my job, that is what it is."

But the slender margin of defeat and rebooted application of his players gave owner Guochuan Lai and chief executive Mark Jenkins enough encouragement to suspend the axe - despite West Brom being eight points from safety.

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