Tony Pulis became the fifth Premier League manager to exit his post before Christmas. The Welsh coach was shown the door by West Bromwich Albion after suffering a 4-0 defeat to Chelsea. Gary Megson has taken temporary charge.
Chairman John Williams released a statement on the club’s official website, thanking Pulis for his contribution, and revealing the reasons behind the decision.
“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,” he said.
West Brom are currently just one place and one point above the relegation zone in the Premier League this season, having suffered four consecutive defeats on the bounce.
Albion’s form left the board little choice but to act, with Pulis enduring a woeful run that saw his men pick up just three league wins in 23 games. Their last victory came back in August. West Brom have amassed only four points since then.
Frank de Boer was the first Premier League manager to lose his job this season. The Dutch coach left Crystal Palace on September 11, and was replaced by Roy Hodgson.
Craig Shakespeare was next. Leicester relieved the Englishman on October 17. Former Southampton boss Claude Puel has replaced him as manager.
Ronald Koeman was the second Dutch manager and third in the top flight to be sacked. He left Everton on October 23. The Toffees are yet to hire a replacement. David Unsworth remains caretaker manager.
And before Pulis left West Brom, Slaven Bilic was the latest casualty. He exited West Ham United on November 6. The Londoners are hired ex-Manchester United manager David Moyes in his stead.