West Brom Manager Tony Pulis has been fired following his sides’ heavy 4-0 defeat by Chelsea over the weekend.
The Baggies have won just twice in their last 21 league games, causing the club to plunge even closer to the relegation zone.
Club Chairman John Williams stated: “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.”
— Éanna McClean (@EannaMcClean) 20 November 2017
Growing frustration among supporters created a hostile atmosphere as fans repeatedly chanted for ‘Pulis to go!’ which could have influenced Owner Guochuan Lai’s final decision.
Pulis was appointed at the beginning of the 2015/2016 season, renowned for never facing relegation, he has led West Brom to league finishes as high as 10th over the last three seasons, but has now been dismissed following a disappointing run of results.
During his post-match media briefings on Saturday, Pulis appeared to have accepted his fate when asked if the right decision would be for him to be relieved of his duties.
“I’ve been in the game long enough to know if you get bad runs that’s what happens,” Pulis said.
[Sub-editor: Miranda Tomlinson]