Tony Pulis: West Brom sack manager after Chelsea defeat

Tony Pulis has been sacked as West Brom manager with the club a point above the Premier League relegation zone and without a win in 10 top-flight games.

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

West Brom won their first three games of the campaign, but have not won since 22 August, when they beat League Two Accrington 3-1 in the Carabao Cup.

Since then, they have drawn four and lost seven, and Pulis had said he would not be surprised if he was dismissed.

West Brom travel to face Tottenham in the league at Wembley on Saturday.

Three good seasons undermined by four bad months

Pulis, who has also managed Stoke City and Crystal Palace in the Premier League, was named Baggies boss in January 2015.

They were 17th in the table when he took charge but finished that campaign in 13th, falling a place the following season before ending the next in 10th.

However, they have struggled since March, taking just 12 points from their past 21 fixtures, winning one home league game in eight months and scoring only nine goals in 12 Premier League matches this season.

He is the fifth manager to be sacked by an English top-flight club since August.

Pulis’ contrasting fortunes at West Brom
Premier League games only
P W D L F A Win ratio
January 2015 to May 2017 94 29 27 38 96 121 30.9%
August 2017 to present 12 2 4 6 9 18 16.7%

‘A victim of his own football philosophy’ – analysis

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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