West Brom sack manager Tony Pulis

20 November 2017, 10:56

West Brom have sacked Tony Pulis after three years in charge, following the club's 4-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.

The 59-year-old has been dismissed with the club just a point above the relegation zone, having won only twice in their last 21 league games.

The Baggies' former manager Gary Megson, who was Pulis' assistant, is taking over first-team duties until further notice.

Chairman John Williams said: "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."

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill is favourite to replace Pulis, while Sam Allardyce and Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes, who played for West Brom from 2000 to 2003, have also been linked to the job.

Pulis led The Hawthorns side to league finishes of 13th, 14th and 10th, but the club are without a win in the league since 19 August.

He was named manager of the year after guiding Crystal Palace to Premier League safety in 2014, eventually finishing 11th in the table.

Pulis previously led Stoke to Premier League promotion in 2008 before leaving the Potters in 2013.