West Brom Sack Tony Pulisby Jack Kitson / 20 November 2017, 10:49Tweet
Tony Pulis has become the Premier League’s fifth managerial casualty of the season after West Brom sent him packing following a 4-0 hammering at home to Chelsea.
The dismal defeat extended the club’s woeful run to 10 league games without a win - leaving them 17th in the table and one point above the relegation zone - with Pulis’ final four games ending in defeat.
Pulis was appointed the Baggies boss on New Year’s Day 2015, replacing Alan Irvine in the dugout. The club went on to finish 13th, 14th then a creditable 10th last term, however they endured a shocking end to the campaign, picking up just two points from their final nine matches.
West Brom started the new term brightly, beating Bournemouth and Burnley in their opening two games. That early optimism quickly disintegrated, with the club since failing to win any of their following 10 top-flight games - meaning they only have two victories from their last 21 matches - resulting in the sacking of Pulis.
Assistant head coach Gary Megson has agreed to take charge of first-team, and the former Baggies boss features in the betting for the permanent position.
The market is wide open at the moment, with Megson joined by Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill, Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder, the out-of-work Alan Pardew, and also Nigel Pearson who is currently out in Belgium with OH Leuven.
Early frontrunner O’Neill has recently been linked with both Scotland, Sunderland and Rangers, and now he can add another club to that list in West Brom.
Wilder enjoyed a rapid rise with Northampton, and now Sheffield United, from League Two to the top echelons of the Championship, and it’s no surprise to see the 50-year-old linked with a move up to the Premier League.
Other names in the frame include Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes, Sam Allardyce, and Slaven bILIC.