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Could Tony Pulis be the next Premier League manager to face the axe?

Sunday 19th November 2017

Saturday afternoon saw plenty of action as there were goals galore throughout the Premier League. One game that caught a few pundits' attention was between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea. The Baggies lost 4-0 and continued their poor form meaning Tony Pulis could be finding his job in jeopardy.

Joining West Brom in 2015, Tony Pulis' first season ended in a respectable 13th place. The following campaign they finished 14th and last season he helped them to a 10th placed finish. But the current season has not been easy for West Brom fans. Opening the 2017/18 campaign, the West Midlands side won their first two fixtures. However, there hasn't been a victory in the league since.

Numerous Baggies fans have become irritated by the tactics and how Tony Pulis has gone about the current season. With results now becoming desperate, every game is a tougher task. The recent 4-0 loss against Chelsea at the Hawthorns means there has been no win in 10 games. Scoring two goals from the past four games is also another reason why fans are not happy.

Losing to a 10-man Huddersfield side was also a cause for concern as it pretty much stated that it hasn't been the best of times recently. With four back-to-back defeats, there is major doubt in Tony Pulis' future with the club. He will be aware of the consequences and knows that something needs to be produced from upcoming fixtures. That's if he is still their manager by then.

Upcoming games for West Brom include Tottenham away, Newcastle at home and Crystal Palace at home. If no points are picked up from those three fixtures the club will see themselves in trouble. From 12 games West Brom only has 10 points. Finding a win isn't going to be easy and as it has been said by many, if Pulis' side takes the lead they will try to keep that lead and not increase on it. That is why fans are frustrated as there is no urgency.

There are also a number of games where West Brom will have significantly less possession than their opponents. Excluding Man City and Chelsea due to their dominant forms let's check other match-ups against West Brom. Watford ended up with 66% possession. Leicester totalled 57% while Southampton ended up on 66% possession and Huddersfield still maintained 50% despite having one man sent off. This is an occurring pattern which frustrates many and could be another factor why Pulis could be shown the door in the near future. 

The West Brom board will be weighing up their options if they have to come to a decision. It is a topic which has popped up recently on debates and the situation is gradually getting worse. Tony Pulis may not be in charge when it comes round to the next fixture as the club is desperate for points. If he is still there for the Tottenham game his job could be under pressure even more with the quality Spurs can produce. So will Tony Pulis be the next Premier League manager to be sacked?

Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I haveĀ been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too,Ā and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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