West Bromwich Albion have sacked manager Tony Pulis following the team’s disappointing run of form in the Premier League.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) November 20, 2017
News that Pulis has been given his marching orders came via the club’s official website on Monday. Baggies chairman John Williams thanked Pulis for his efforts but made it clear that results were not good enough in comments to 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.” Gary Megson has been placed in temporary charge, the club confirmed.
The Welshman has been axed with the Baggies down in 17th position in the table, with just 10 points taken from their 12 top-flight matches. The final straw for the club was the 4-0 loss against Chelsea on Saturday.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 18, 2017
The decision ends almost three years in charge of West Brom for Pulis, in which he’d previously steadied the club in the Premier League.
Having taken over in January 2015, the coach’s methods helped the Baggies climb the table to a position of safety.
In the campaigns since, West Brom have rarely been in danger of relegation, and in the previous season, his side finished in 10th position having threatened to challenge for a European spot earlier in the year.
The 2017-18 term started well after a summer of smart recruitment, with two 1-0 wins to begin the campaign. But an 11-game winless run prompted unrest among the supporters, who were watching unattractive football with little productivity.