Albion Outlook: West Brom fans have their say on Tony Pulis and his successor
Each week we give Albion fans the chance to have their say. After Tony Pulis was sacked this Monday, the Baggies cast their eyes over his three years at the club and look ahead to the future. If you'd like to get involved, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Firstly I would like to thank Tony Pulis for the start of his spell at our club – he built that stability and brought us some great games. But I think we have outgrown him and, with the additions we have made, he did not utilise them correctly.
Alan Pardew is the bookies’ favourite and, looking at his previous management style, he plays with out-and-out wingers, which is what fans have been calling for.
He also starts fantastically at most clubs he has managed, which is what we need – we need points on the board! And his win ratio of 42.1 per cent is higher than any of our last six managers!
Albion chairman John Williams has the task of selecting a new manager that will appease disgruntled Baggies fans as well as be good enough to ensure Premier League survival.
We have cried out for free-flowing attractive football at the Albion for a while,being told we have the talent available to achieve such is annoying when Pulis starved us of that by his limited capabilities.
Albion need a manager like Ronald Koeman, whose idea of football is to get it down, move it quickly and attack. If chosen, rollercoaster times would return to the Albion, but he is along the lines we should be looking towards.
So, who's next? The way I look at it, there are two approaches to take. The first is ‘tried and tested’. Someone like Sam Allardyce or Alan Pardew – someone with plenty of Premier League experience who’s faced similar situations to the one we find ourselves in now.
This will likely be the owner’s favoured approach, and it’s understandable, but will we just find ourselves in the same position a couple of seasons down the line?
The second is to give a promising, up-and-coming manager a shot. Someone like Derek McInnes, Chris Wilder or Graham Potter. A more long-term appointment than an instant reaction.
Yes, there is a lot more risk involved, but the reward long term could be a lot greater. Personally I would like to see us take the second approach.
I feel the fans need the next appointment to be someone we can really get behind and believe. I know that sounds a bit cliché but I look on in envy at the likes of Bournemouth and Burnley, two clubs who gave promising coaches a chance, stuck by them and are now reaping the benefits.
In my opinion it’s exactly what is needed to breathe life back into the club and its supporters.
Monday marked the end. It was probably one of the least surprising managerial sackings in recent times.
Almost three years into the job and the board decided that our relationship with Tony Pulis had run its course.
With recent results and performances becoming increasingly concerning it was inevitable that this would eventually happen.
The majority of the supporters agree that the right decision was made but what disappointed me most was the reaction from some Albion fans.
It's easy to understand why people are happy with the sacking but some of the reaction has in my opinion been disrespectful.
Under the leadership of Alan Irvine, prior to Pulis' appointment, we were consistently languishing near the relegation zone.
Since Pulis took charge we have attained stability in the Premier League once again, consistently finishing in mid-table along with the dream of Europe last season.
Clearly this season hasn't been good enough but to claim that we have not progressed as a football club since his arrival is surely ludicrous.
Would we have had players of the ilk of Jonny Evans and Gareth Barry a few years ago? I think not.
The story goes like this: A large power plant broke down causing major disruption. Numerous engineers tried to solve the problem but failed. The top brass called in an old-timer who had long since retired.
He immediately went down into the labyrinth of the factory, tapped on a particular pipe, and the system restarted with full power. The old man then submitted his bill for one thousand and two francs: two francs for knowing which pipe to tap.
Having savour flare may impress the sophisticated, but honest-to-goodness know-how (a potent blend of experiential knowledge, ability, and the lessons of trial and error) is the key quality which separates the winners from the losers in hard, practical world of professional football.
As we do know old heads are experts at giving destiny and Lady Luck a helping hand.