West Brom sack Tony Pulis after Chelsea defeat

Tony Pulis have failed to win in West Brom's last 11 games
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Tony Pulis have failed to win in West Brom’s last 11 games

Tony Pulis has been sacked as West Brom head coach 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.

Albion won their first three games of the season, but have drawn four and lost seven since beating Accrington in the Carabao Cup on 22 August.

Deal of the day

Former West Brom manager Gary Megson, who had been Pulis’ assistant, is taking over “until further notice”.

Chairman John Williams added: “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.

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“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.”

West Brom face Tottenham in the Premier League at Wembley on Saturday and follow that with home games against Newcastle (28 November) and Crystal Palace (2 December).
The numbers game

Pulis is the fifth manager to be dismissed in the Premier League this season.

Frank de Boer was sacked by Crystal Palace after only 77 days in charge in September, Craig Shakespeare left Leicester just four months after signing a three-year permanent deal in October, Ronald Koeman was sacked by Everton later that month and West Ham dismissed Slaven Bilic earlier in November.

Average attendances at The Hawthorns have fallen for the past two seasons, from 25,064 when Pulis took over in 2015 to 23,876 in 2016-17.

This term, the Baggies also have the lowest possession percentage in the top flight (40.3%) and have had the second fewest shots per game (8.6).

Pulis, 59, 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.