Tony Pulis has been sacked as West Bromwich Albion manager after a sequence of poor results, the Premier League club said on Monday.

The 59-year-old Pulis, one of the League’s most experienced managers, has paid the price after nearly three years at Albion with the Midlands club struggling just a point above the Premier League relegation zone.

Pulis’s assistant Gary Megson, the club’s former manager between 2000 and 2004, will take over as caretaker manager.

West Brom’s 4-0 hammering at home by Chelsea on Saturday proved the final straw for the Chinese owner of the Midlands club, Guochuan Lai, who was growing impatient with its poor form.

Albion had won their first three games of the season but had not managed a victory in any competition since late August when they beat League Two Accrington Stanley 3-1 in the Carabao Cup.

They subsequently failed to earn a win with even the pragmatic Pulis, whose prosaic sides have usually been mainly notable for being difficult to beat. Pulis said he would not be surprised if he was dismissed.

West Brom are in 17th position in the league with 10 points from 12 league games, recording six losses in the process.

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