By Ollie Lewis For Mailonline
Published: 13:52 GMT, 9 December 2019 | Updated: 13:52 GMT, 9 December 2019
Alan Pardew has slammed the influence of WhatsApp groups on Premier League dressing roams as the former Crystal Palace, West Brom and Newcastle manager bemoaned the role of such groups in bringing toxicity into football clubs.
Pardew was last on the touchline with Albion as he failed to rescue the West Midlands club from relegation from the Premier League. The 58-year-old was sacked after just four months in charge.
His spell at the Hawthorns was marred with calamity after calamity, which reached boiling point when a group of players landed in hot water after stealing a taxi during a team bonding trip to Barcelona.
Alan Pardew has slammed the development of WhatsApp groups in Premier League teams
The 58-year-old was last in charge of West Bromwich Albion during a nightmare four months
The way in which Premier League stars communicate has evolved rapidly this past decade, with the development of group messaging services such as WhatsApp meaning that players are able to talk at any hour of the day.
Most clubs have WhatsApp groups, consisting of only the playing squad, meaning that