A 4-0 hammering at the hands of Chelsea at The Hawthorns on Saturday was the final straw for West Brom’s owners. They have finally given Tony Pulis his marching orders. After winning their opening two matches 1-0 it has been all downhill for The Baggies. That embarrassing defeat on Saturday was their fourth Premier League loss in a row.
The West Brom faithful had become unhappy with the direct brand of football favoured by Tony Pulis. Though results were good in his first few seasons at the club, their patience has run out. Chinese owner Guochuan Lai was in the stands at The Hawthorns for the Chelsea match and what he witnessed was enough to make him wield the axe.
It was more than just the Chelsea result that cost Pulis his job though. West Brom were also poor in the second half of last season. They have won just 4 of their last 22 matches, a woeful run of results. Pulis has famously never been relegated as a manager, but he won’t get the chance to steer West Brom to safety now.
Gary Megson will take over as caretaker for the daunting trip to White Hart Lane this weekend. However, West Brom need to appoint a new permanent boss as quickly as possible. With the club just one point above the relegation zone they need to act decisively and they have some crucial fixtures coming up.
The rumour mill is already in full swing as to who will get the West Brom job. The likes of Alan Pardew, Nigel Pearson and Ireland boss Martin O’Neill have all been touted as potential successors to Tony Pulis. Whoever gets the job will need to hit the ground running with the club in such a precarious position.