GONE: West Bromwich manager Tony Pulis has been sacked
GONE: West Bromwich manager Tony Pulis has been sacked JON SUPER

Sacked Pulis joins the out-of-work EPL managers

WEST Bromwich's Tony Pulic has become the fifth Premier League manager to lose his job this season.

The 59-year-old Pulis was axed with the struggling Midlands club just a point above the relegation zone.

Saturday's 4-0 hammering at home by champions Chelsea was the final straw for West Brom's Chinese owner Guochuan Lai.

Pulic joins fellow managers on the outer, Palace's Frank de Boer, Leicester City's Craig Shakespeare, Everton's Ronald Koeman and West Ham United's Slaven Bilic.

West Brom's assistant manager Gary Megson, who steered the club between 2000 and 2004, will take over on a caretaker basis.

West Brom won its won their first three games of the season in all competitions but its victory over fourth-tier Accrington Stanley 3-1 in the League Cup in August was its last.

West Brom is 17th in the standings with 10 points from 12 games, having lost six of its 12 matches.

"We are in a results business and over the back end of last season and this season to date, ours have been very disappointing,” West Brom chairman John Williams said.

West Brom ended last season in 10th position but finished the campaign with one win in their last eight league games.

Pulis, who has also managed Stoke City and Crystal Palace in the Premier League, became West Brom manager in January 2015 when it was 17th and helped the club finish in 13th place.