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Tony Pulis has been sacked as West Bromwich Albion manager following the slow start to the season and last disappointing home defeat against Premier League champions Chelsea. 

An official statement read: “WBA have today terminated the contract of Head Coach Tony Pulis. […] Assistant Head Coach Gary Megson has agreed to take charge of first-team affairs until further notice”.

 

Pulis himself, a manager who currently maintain the record of never being relegated, leaves his role with the Baggies sitting 17th after picking up 10 points from 12 games. The Welsh manager joined West Bromwich Albion on 31st December 2015.

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It’s not an easy moment for West Bromwich Albion: the team have lost their last three Premier League games and tomorrow they will face Chelsea without Nacer Chadli who suffered a muscle injury in training.

We are disappointed … he played the two 90 minutes for Belgium during the international break and ended up getting an injury yesterday in training that’s going to keep him out for the foreseeable future,” – Pulis said.

Wba’s manager also admits it wouldn’t be unfair if the club sacked him, because of the team poor start of this season: “No, not at all,” – the manager replied when asked this question – ”It is just life, it is the way it is. If you don’t get results then you are under pressure … last year we were one result worse off than we are this year”.

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WBA – Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Nyom; Brunt, Livermore, Fletcher (c), Field, McClean; Rondon.

Subs: Myhill, M Wilson, Yacob, Morrison, Chadli, Leko, Robson-Kanu

Manager: Tony Pulis

 

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Matic, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard

Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Terry, Ake, Kante, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

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West Brom manager Tony Pulis

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has warned Chelsea ahead of the clash against Baggies at the Hawthorns set for tomorrow night (8pm BST).

The manager, speaking at a press conference, said: “Firstly, you have to give Chelsea great credit, they deserve to be where they are and have been most consistent team.

“We will give it our best [on Friday]. We’re looking forward to it. We owe it to our supporters and we have our own targets to hit.

“We are looking forward to a game of football which has three points riding on it, nothing else. I think it’ll be a great atmosphere – absolutely fantastic.”

Then Pulis added: “We have three great games, three very competitive games left to come this season. Chelsea, Man City and Swansea on last day.

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West Bromwich Albion head coach Tony Pulis has confirmed January interest in Chelsea defender John Terry, adding fuel to fire over a possible move next summer.

“It January’s enquiry was just finding out what the situation was and then it was whether we moved on it or we didn’t – Pulis said speaking at press conference – There was more than one player we enquired about in January”.

“You’ve mentioned John, but there was most probably three or four others of that ilk that we were enquiring about – and I think enquiry is the word”.

Anyway, the Baggies’ manager has confirmed that West Bromwich did not place an official bid in January transfer window for the Blues’ captain. “There was no approach made, it was just finding out what the situation was, and the situation was that John wanted to stay at Chelsea” Pulis added.

“I think he wanted to be there and stay there and be part of going out as a champion.

“If he becomes available in the summer we’ll sit down then and have a little think about what we’ve got and what we haven’t got and then we’ll take it from there.”

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West Brom manager Tony Pulis

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is closing in on a move to Russian Premier League side Zenit St Petersburg after joining the Blues from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2008, according to reports.

Also West Bromwich Albion were said to be keeping tabs on the 32-year-old, anyway their manager Tony Pulis claimed: “That’s a definite no. He’s a good player and has done fantastic, but he’s never been on my radar.”

Pulis attended at FA Cup clash against Brentford last week to watch three Chelsea players, as confirmed by the Baggies’ manager himself: “I was at Chelsea to look at players Brentford had mentioned to me. I was also looking at Chelsea’s young players, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek and Zouma”.

“The main reason you want to bring players in to add, is to bring players in that will raise the standard.

“The ambitious players within the group want to do that or else they could get complacent.”

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West Brom manager Tony Pulis

West Brom manager Tony Pulis is disappointed after leaving Stamford Bridge with zero points despite his team good performance: in fact, WBA was only defeated by a Diego Costa‘s stunning striker with just 15 minutes to go:

“What we needed to do – and we’ve got better players than we’ve shown today – is regain possession,” the English coach said.

“Just get that pass off to get up the pitch a little bit further to give us an opportunity and a chance to cause them more problems.”

“The lads worked really hard, Chelsea play a different formation and shape to most teams in the Premier League.

“We had a good week working on it, what we wanted to do and what we didn’t want to do.

“We were well set up, I thought, without possession. Especially first half I thought we caused them some problems on the break.”

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Team News

CHELSEA 

– John Terry still out for gluteus injury

Oscar out for sickness

– Kurt Zouma still have to find 100% fitness after ACL injury

David Luiz to be valued after hurting his knee in Aguero‘s challenge last week

– Cesc Fabregas could replace Matic again in the starting XI

 

WEST BROMWICH 

– Goalkeeper Boaz Myhill still out for ankle injury

 

Possible Line Ups

CHELSEA – Courtois, Azpilicueta,  David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Marcos Alonso; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard.

WEST BROM – Forster, Nyom, Evans, Dawson, McAuley, Phillips, Morrison, Fletcher, Brunt, Yacob, Rondon.

 

 

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West Bromwich manager Tony Pulis admits he is scared by super-fit Chelsea, who come from a 8 wins in a row run:

“I’ll take a sleeping tablet on Saturday night and then wake up and hope it’s all over,” he said before the game.

“They’ve got three fantastic players, but that’s what the Premier League is all about.

“We go against Manchester United and they’ll have similar players, Arsenal have got similar players.

“That’s what makes this league a great league. The top, top teams have top, top players.”

 

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Former Chelsea and WBA goalkeeper Tony Godden spoke to the Blues official website ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Stamford Bridge, where the teams will face each other:

West Brom are doing well and I am glad they stuck with Tony Pulis,”

“He is a very thorough and knowledgeable man and a good coach.

Speaking about the two keeper he stated:

 “Thibaut Courtois and Ben Foster are excellent. They make saves.

“You hear managers saying they want keepers who can control a ball and pass 30 yards and it makes me smile because my question is can he make saves, because that is how he is going to win you a game.

“These two are keepers that win points for their clubs.”

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