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Jose Mourinho's thoughts on Tony Pulis from 2015 are just beautifully ironic now

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The life of a Premier League manager this season has certainly been a dangerous one.

We are only in November and already four bosses have lost their jobs, with Ronald Koeman, Slaven Bilic, Craig Shakespeare and Tony Pulis all getting the boot.

While all four were removed after a poor run of results, it has to be questioned that whether sacking any of them really was the right decision.

Pulis' departure was sealed after West Brom's lacklustre display against Chelsea on Saturday, with the Baggies losing 4-0 at the Hawthorns.

They were on a pretty terrible run, winning just two games all season and during his time at the club, they have averaged less than a goal a game.

But, it is a well-known fact that Pulis has never been relegated and he has achieved wonders with the Baggies, so why remove him when he's the perfect fit for the club?

Well, the decision may baffle a certain Jose Mourinho after his comments about him back in 2015.

MOURINHO ON PULIS

"It's simple. If I own an English club, which I don't and which I'd never do, I'd sign Tony Pulis. It's as simple as that," Mourinho said.

Manchester United v Newcastle United - Premier League

"It's a guarantee to achieve what the club wants. He never managed a club that wants to be champions. He never managed a club that wants a top four place. He's always managed clubs who want to survive and who want stability, and he's mathetmatic: what the club wants, he gives," added Mourinho.

"His record is absolutely amazing, and he does what some people don't understand – but I do – and what other people sometimes don't rate, but I do. Which is the relation between what the manager wants and what the team is.

"Tony's teams are exactly what he wants, exactly what he prepares a team to be. This is the most difficult thing in football. Philosophy is a beautiful thing but football is more than that. Tony is a great example of that."

West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea - Premier League

Someone better tell the Baggies owners to reverse their decision.

Mourinho's point is still as valid today. Yes, they're on a terrible run, but if given the time, Pulis would likely have turned it round sooner rather than later.

West Brom now have to dip into a very quiet managerial market, with a difficult game away at Tottenham next weekend.

It may have been a dreadful display on Saturday but in the long run, Pulis' exit could seal a disappointing fate.

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Jose Mourinho
Manchester United
West Bromwich Albion
Ronaldo Koeman
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Anthony Pulis

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