Breaking: Tony Pulis sacked as West Brom head coach

Tony Pulis sacked as West Brom head coach

Tony Pulis has been sacked as West Brom head coach after a dismal run of form that leaves the Baggies in danger of relegation from the Premier League.

The Baggies have parted company with their experienced manager on the back of a 10-match winless run which has dropped them into relegation trouble

The former Stoke City boss has garnered a reputation as a survival specialist, but West Brom have stalled in 2017, winning only three Premier League matches since February.

The Baggies were beaten 4-0 at home by Chelsea on Saturday.

Albion won their first three games of the season, but have drawn four and lost seven since beating Accrington in the Carabao Cup on 22 August.

Two of those victories came in the first two games of the current campaign before a torrid 10-game winless run began, with West Brom’s latest result a dispiriting 4-0 home reverse to champions Chelsea.

Owner Guochuan Lai watched on as sections of the Hawthorns support chanted for Pulis’ sacking and the club have now acted as they sit 17th in the table. 

Club chairman John Williams said in a statement released on the club’s official website: “These decisions are never taken lightly but always in the interests of the Club.

“We are in a results business and over the back end of last season and this season to date, ours have been very disappointing.

“We would like to place on record our appreciation of Tony’s contribution and hard work during a period of transition for the Club which included a change of ownership. We wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Tony Pulis departs after almost three years at West Brom, having previously managed Stoke and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

The 59-year-old has been linked with the vacant Wales job following Chris Coleman’s resignation.

The Baggies, meanwhile, have placed assistant head coach Gary Megson in temporary charge of first-team affairs.

Tony Pulis sacked as West Brom head coach

‘A victim of his own football philosophy’ – analysis

BBC Sport’s Simon Stone

Tony Pulis tends to dismiss statistics – good and bad – when they are raised by the media. So the fact he came into his news conference on Friday armed with them underlined the gravity of his situation. He reeled them off – the top-10 finishes, the top Midlands club – and repeated them in his programme notes on Saturday. The inference was clear – he has delivered.

The Welshman is a victim of his own football philosophy. He is a results man. The pretty stuff is not his style; Pulis does functional. Supporters don’t find it easy on the eye and even his players tire of it. It means when results go wrong, there is no bank of goodwill to buy him time.

Supporters have had enough and, even worse, owner Guochuan Lai was on a rare visit to see the latest sorry debacle. Lai is a rich investor, who presumably enjoys the fact he owns an English top-flight team. Saturday’s defeat was humiliating for him, for West Brom and for Pulis.

Having stated his case so forcefully and been met by such an overwhelmingly negative response, Pulis would surely have headed home to Bournemouth on Saturday knowing there was only one outcome.



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