Stan Collymore explains why he has been disappointed with West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace

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Aston Villa hero Collymore has criticised the short-term nature of West Brom.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Stan Collymore has commented on West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace, claiming that he has become disappointed with him in recent years due to his decision to drop any sort of structure and just go with a short-term management system.

Collymore said: “The reason I’m disappointed with Jeremy Peace is because they had a plan of having a proper structure moving forward. He wanted to have a youthful managerial profile - like Robbie Di Matteo that came in, Steve Clarke. But what he ultimately did, because there was a possibility that they might go down, he panicked and went short-termism.”

Tony Pulis is currently in charge of the Baggies, with his main aim to keep the side in the Premier League after securing their top flight survival last term.

He has been in charge 33 games, and although it is hard to imagine Pulis staying at the Hawthorns long-term, he was appointed to bring stability to the side, and secure their top flight placing.

His appointment was a wise one, but it bite with the kind of philosophy that Peace was hoping to see through at West Brom. The aim was to hire young managers who could hone their skills with the Baggies, meaning they would never be under the threat of relegation.

However, after seeing the likes of Roberto Di Matteo and Steve Clarke achieve varying levels of success with the side, and fitting the manager profile, Peace decided to change this system when it looked as if Alan Irvine was taken them down to the Championship.

He replaced Pepe Mel - who suffered a similarly poor record - and Pulis was brought in to bring stability. He has achieved that, and although the football is poor, it is hard to imagine the club being relegated under the Welsh boss.

However, hiring Pulis has furthered the culture of short-termism in the Premier League, and it is highly unlikely he has plans to build the Baggies into a force and create a foundation of success at the Hawthorns.

Collymore is disappointed with this short-term approach, and he believes the Peace was on the right track beforehand, when he was looking to build for the future rather than simply survive in the Premier League.

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