Alan Pardew 'feels sorry' for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

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     Alan Pardew sympathises with the position Antonio Conte finds himself

"I do feel sorry for the manager because the job he did previous year was absolutely outstanding and I don't really think he's changed too much", said Pardew, who feels Diego Costa's return to Atletico Madrid has also destabilised the Blues.

"It's something I have always done and always found very beneficial", Pardew told West Brom's official website. However, we are in real danger of finishing the season without any silverware, and if the poor results continue, we could even miss out on Champions League qualification.

The forward has posted a picture on social media of him back in training - and Chelsea fans will hope he gets up to full fitness as soon as possible to at least play some part in the game.

However, despite the rumours linking Enrique to replace Conte, the ex-Juventus manager has praised the former Barcelona boss and claimed that he is a "fantastic" coach, as reported by the Mirror.

"The way I look at it, you can win but, at the same time, the club might not be happy to stay with you".

"The transfer window is a topic that we have closed". He reached his targets with Barcelona, and also with Roma, you could see a well-organised team.

"And also last season we started behind, and for this reason I think there is too much speculation around this club, around me, and around this team".

"I think that I'm the type of coach who if I have a player who is 6/10, I bring him to an 8/10". I have, usually, a great respect.

The Blues have suffered two consecutive league losses against Watford and Bournemouth respectively. Even though the Baggies are bottom of the Premier League, they actually find themselves in a odd position.

Costa's exit was prompted by a bust-up with Conte but Pardew has sympathy for the Italian. You can't fault his record'.

More good news, for a side that has just one league victory, three across all competitions in 2018 thus far- they get the easiest match, on paper at least, coming up next.

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