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I don’t think this morning’s news has come of a surprise to anyone, least of all Tony Pulis, that West Bromwich Albion have made the decision to change manager.

That’s 25% of the Premier League managers who kicked off the season are no longer with their clubs. The two Dutchmen Frank de Boer and Ronald Koeman moved on from Crystal Palace and Everton soon after they’d been beaten by Burnley as did Craig Shakespeare at Leicester and West Ham’s Slaven Bilic.

Three of those four clubs all sit in the bottom five of the Premier League right now, Leicester being the exception, and another club in that group are West Brom who have joined them this morning leaving only Swansea of that bottom five not to have made a change.

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West Brom beat Bournemouth 1-0 on the opening day at the Hawthorns with a goal from Ahmed Hegazi. I don’t know whether it was a fortunate win or not but it certainly was a week later when Hal Robson-Kanu won it for them at Burnley by the same scoreline.

That’s it; they haven’t won since with four draws taking them to 10 points and just outside of the bottom three. Add that to a run of seven defeats and a draw in the last eight games of last season, the draw coming at Burnley, it is no surprise they’ve ended Pulis’ time today after almost three years.

The fans have lost patience with him, as see on the photograph, and, to be honest, I can’t think of anything much worse than playing with the Pulis style of football when you are not even picking up points with it.

Palace have replaced De Boer with former England boss Roy Hodgson, Claude Puel has gone in at Leicester with David Moyes named as the new West Ham manager. Everton are still struggling to find anyone with former Claret David Unsworth still in temporary charge.

Who next for the Baggies? Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill is an early candidate as are the Premier League’s relegation scrapper Sam Allardyce and former Baggies midfielder Derek McInnes.

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