Gary Lineker football.

Gary Lineker is getting stick for his tweet after West Brom sack Tony Pulis

Published Add your comment

Football News

Following Saturday’s 4-0 home defeat against Chelsea, West Brom have sacked Tony Pulis.

The 59-year-old, who took the reins at the Hawthorns in 2015, loses his job following a disastrous run of results.

West Brom are currently on a 10-match run without a Premier League victory, dating back to their 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor back on August 19.

The club’s chairman, John Williams, said in a statement: "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."

West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea - Premier League

Gary Megson takes temporary charge

West Brom have confirmed that assistant head coach Gary Megson has agreed to take first-team affairs until a permanent replacement is appointed.

Megson is likely to be in charge of the Baggies’ first-team for the trip to Tottenham at Wembley this weekend.

Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United - npower League One

With the club currently in 17th position in the table, one point above the relegation zone, West Brom may turn to a so-called ’firefighter’ - or a specialist in helping teams avoid relegation - to ensure they maintain their Premier League status.

Gary Lineker reacts to the news on Twitter

However, Pulis is usually the man clubs turn to in these circumstances, as Gary Lineker pointed out with his Twitter reaction to the Welshman’s sacking.

“Tony Pulis has been sacked by @WBA,” the Match of the Day presenter tweeted. “Looking around at those available the best man to help them stay up could well be....Tony Pulis.”

However, Lineker has received a lot of stick for voicing his opinion...

The list of potential candidates isn't inspiring

Indeed, the list of potential candidates to replace Pulis is hardly inspiring.

Northern Ireland head coach Michael O’Neill is currently the 2/1 favourite followed by Derek McInnes (4/1), Sam Allardyce (5/1) and Alan Pardew (8/1).

Northern Ireland v Switzerland - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: First Leg

Allardyce is the other ‘firefighter’ that Premier League clubs usually turn to; however, it’s understood that the former England manager is not interested in this particular challenge.

Don't be surprised to see Pulis back in another dugout soon

As for Pulis, well, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him back in the dugout at another struggling Premier League club before too long.

West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City - Premier League

West Bromwich Albion
Gary Lineker

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again