Baggies star criticises former boss

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West Brom's James McClean has criticised former boss Alan Pardew by suggesting he lacked tactical nous.

Pardew was sacked by the Baggies earlier this month after a disastrous four months in charge which has left them rooted to the bottom of the table and in touching distance of the drop.

Sunday’s shock 1-0 win at Manchester United has given them at least an extra game in the Premier League and the travelling fans will have been pleased with what was a very impressive performance at Old Trafford.

Darren Moore was again in the dugout after taking charge of the 1-1 draw with Swansea and is expected to see out the season on an interim basis.

When asked what had changed under Moore, McClean admitted the former defender had bred confidence back into the squad, something he says is mainly down to the players knowing their roles when they walk out onto the field.

‘He’s got that likeable factor, so everyone’s pulling in the same direction for him,’ McClean told BBC Radio 5 live. ‘In the past two games we’ve put on two good performances for him. It obviously helps when you go out on the pitch knowing what you’re doing — as individuals and as a team.

‘Since the big man’s come in, we’ve worked in training on what we’re doing defensively and what we’re doing attackingly.

‘In the past two games, we’ve shown we actually know what we’re doing when we go out on the pitch, which obviously always helps.’

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