The 4-0 pasting by Bolton was the straw that broke Eggert Magnusson's back. He looked like he had swallowed distemper on the sidelines. When we woke up Pardew was gone. He had struggled to keep the team cohesive with major player distractions like Niger Reo Coker's sulk regarding a possible Arsenal transfer which Coker was unaware of, the whole West Ham takeover which saw quite a bit of unsavoury haggling with ex- MSI partner Kia Joorabchian and Eli Papoushado, and of course, trying to fit Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano, into the attack.
For all his efforts West Ham are fighting relegation and in 18th place in the table. Alan Curbishley, the ex-Charlton Athletic manager and sometime candidate as England manager is being mentioned as a possible successor.