When Tony Pulis was ushered out the door of the Hawthorns on Monday, it speaks volumes of his tenure that the majority of West Brom fans were left rejoicing despite the Welshman leading The Baggies to only their second top ten Premier League finish last season.
Results were not always the issue but the style of football certainly was. West Brom frequently ranked around the bottom of the statistical tables for shots, passes and creativity while Pulis’ tendency to field three defensive midfielders all at once said everything you needed to know about his game plan.
Needless to say, then, a little spark of excitement is the main thing West Brom fans are demanding. And so they should be.
It would make absolutely no sense, then, for The Baggies to appoint none other than Sam Allardyce as Pulis’ successor. According to The Mail, West Brom discussed the prospect of appointing the 63-year-old relegation specialist – which makes sense on paper with the club dropping to 17th on the back of two wins in 23 games.
But the report adds that Allardyce has no interest in taking over at The Hawthorns. And most fans will probably react to that news with no shortage of relief.
After all, Allardyce is perhaps the only manager more frequently lambasted for his style of football than Pulis the arch pragmatist.
Form his ‘long-ball’ days at Bolton to his alleged safety-first approach that so angered the West Ham supporters, the one-time (literally) England manager would be unlikely to get dissatisfied West Brom supporters looking forward to Saturday afternoons.