West Brom have sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo after a recent slump in form.
Matteo’s last match in charge saw the Baggies defeated 3-0 by title contenders Manchester City, in what has now proved to be the final nail in the coffin for the Italian.
West Brom’s poor run of results has them drop to 16th in the table, and just two points outside the relegation zone.
First team coach Michael Appleton has been placed in temporary charge of the team, while Ade Mafe, and Eddie Newton have also left the club.
West Brom Chairman Jenny Peace, released the following statement on the clubs website.
“This has been a tough decision but we, as a board, believe it is the right one to give the club the best possible chance of remaining in the Barclays Premier League.
“Our poor sequence of results stretches back more than three months and there has been little sign of it coming to an end” stated Peace.
“If this run continues much longer, achieving our goal of retaining our Premier League status will become increasingly difficult. That is why we felt compelled to act now.
Peace thanked Matteo for his work at the Hawthorn’s when he stated;
“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Roberto for his efforts over the past 19 months, particularly for his contribution towards last season’s promotion success and our very promising start to the current campaign. We wish him and his family well for the future”.
The search is now on for a new replacement for Matteo, with former Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson being a possible candidate after he saved Fulham from relegation two seasons ago.