Sunday 16 December 2018

Tony Pulis says his future is out of his hands after Chelsea crush West Brom

Tony Pulis faces an uncertain future after West Brom were thrashed by Chelsea
Tony Pulis faces an uncertain future after West Brom were thrashed by Chelsea

Tony Pulis admitted his future rests with West Brom's owners after the joint-heaviest defeat of his tenure to Chelsea left his position looking increasingly perilous.

One day after conceding he could understand if the Baggies board opted for a managerial change given their rotten form, Pulis saw his side thumped 4-0 at The Hawthorns in front of Chinese owner Guochuan Lai and a home crowd that greeted the final whistle with a chorus of 'Pulis out'.

Albion have now gone 11 games without a victory, and will be in the relegation zone on Sunday if West Ham beat Watford, leaving Pulis to deliver a realistic assessment of where he stands.

"The big thing is, this is not about me, the chairman, the owners or anything like that, it's about the football club and what is the right decision for the football club," Pulis said.

"This club will be here well past when you've gone, I've gone, it's about doing the right thing for the football club.

"I've been in the game long enough to know if you get bad runs then that's what happens.

"They have to make a decision. I met with the Chinese owners on Friday night, they are wonderful people but I know, as well as everyone else, you have to get results, that's what it's about."

Asked if he was keen to stay, Pulis replied: "I think the important thing is the decision made is the right decision for the football club; that's not going to be my decision, that's going to be obviously the owners' (decision).

"It's not my decision whether I think (I'll stay) or don't think, it's what happens."

Pulis spoke with chairman John Williams in the dressing room after the game but would not reveal the nature of the conversation, and he planned to return home to Bournemouth on Saturday evening without further discussions with West Brom's owners.

The 59-year-old had penned a staunch defence of his near three-year record at The Hawthorns in his programme notes - referencing a trio of top-half finishes and the club's strong financial position - yet his team were unpicked with startling ease in front of the watching Lai.

Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso all scored inside 21 first-half minutes and the brilliant Hazard netted again in the second half before Chelsea, concious of a midweek Champions League trip to Qarabag, eased off the gas.

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