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WBA sack Di Matteo

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Baggies sack Roberto Di Matteo ......
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banned#1
Idiots.
[mod]#2
This just seems incredible. 15 odd games left and there is 5 points between where they are and 10th place. Teams slip up. Stability at any football club is very important.
#3
13 defeats in 18 games is bad
[mod]#4
Daft decision but they obviously have someone lined up ready.
#5
Very surprised at that but it's now or never really. On a really bad run and no signs of improvement. At least they tried to play football and not defensive hoofing.
Wonder who is line for that, I'd assume there is someone in mind.
banned 1 Like #6
West Brom are in a good position for them. I don't quite know what they expected considering their recent history so this sacking seems moronic.
#7
The Italian has been placed on gardening leave and first-team coach Michael Appleton has taken temporary charge after Eddie Newton and Ade Mafe also left The Hawthorns.

Tough decision
Chairman Jeremy Peace told the club's official 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.

"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.

"This club's track record proves we do not take such decisions lightly, with Roberto being only our fourth manager or head coach in almost 11 years
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greg_68
Very surprised at that but it's now or never really. On a really bad run and no signs of improvement. At least they tried to play football and not defensive hoofing.
Wonder who is line for that, I'd assume there is someone in mind.


Roy Hodgson.....................


Di Matteo had got them playing decent football, but that isn't going to get you out of a relegation battle once results start to go against you. Can see Blackpool going the same way tbh.

Edited By: midlandscomics on Feb 06, 2011 12:54
#9
Don't see how it can be classed as moronic, the rate they are going they will be relegated. What sort of businessman is going to sit back and watch that happen?
#10
midlandscomics
greg_68
Very surprised at that but it's now or never really. On a really bad run and no signs of improvement. At least they tried to play football and not defensive hoofing.Wonder who is line for that, I'd assume there is someone in mind.
Roy Hodgson.....................

Big Sam?
#11
I assume it will be a yes man, just like our manager :|
#12
greg_68
midlandscomics
greg_68
Very surprised at that but it's now or never really. On a really bad run and no signs of improvement. At least they tried to play football and not defensive hoofing.Wonder who is line for that, I'd assume there is someone in mind.
Roy Hodgson.....................


Big Sam?


Decent shout. They need ugly football now to turn things around X)

Edited By: midlandscomics on Feb 06, 2011 12:55
banned#13
greg_68
Don't see how it can be classed as moronic, the rate they are going they will be relegated. What sort of businessman is going to sit back and watch that happen?


They're a club who get relegated and promoted with regularity - maybe they could do with some consistency rather than sacking one manager, getting relegated, getting a new manager, getting promoted and then repeating it.....

He's a good young manager who is doing as well as anyone could with the resources available.
1 Like #14
I have to agree with F&F here, he was manager of the month in September. Four months later and they sack him? Bit harsh really, clubs need more stability.
#15
strange decision...should have been given more time, big enough job for Big Sam?
#16
Silly?.....WBA have always been a Yo-Yo club with a boring style of play. Di Matteo has got them playing a nice style of attacking football.

We beat them yesterday 3-0 but in the second half they played very well....and I lost £200 stake on a bet..grrrrrr

Owners should really not make decisions until Monday because clearly they are still disappointed after another defeat....on Monday, that disappointment has gone and common sense prevails.

Usual suspects .....Alan Curbishly, (Alan Pardew removed from the
infamous list of usual suspects), Dave Bassett, Howard Kendall, Joe Royle.....not many other managers about. Chris Houghton anyone?

Edited By: thekudos on Feb 06, 2011 13:08
#17
Correct decision imo. The problems we've got were apparent last season, but have been exposed even more this season. He has added a level of directness when needed, unlike under Mowbray (who was not boring @thekudos), but defensive frailties cost him.

There is no-one lined up, and it could be a while. West Brom operate a system where the manager's title is Head Coach. We employ Dan Ashworth as a technical director who does the majority of the work on transfer, following financial constraints set by the chairman (who is extremely frugal) and the wish list of the head coach. Within the very limiting constraints of the chairman, I think he has done a good job (apart from this January window). The design, as seen alot more often on the continent, is designed so new head coaches can come in without having to radically change everything - giving us some stability. The only problem is, it's hard to get experienced, proven managers to take the job when they don't have the final say on transfers.

The other catalyst may be Megson's appointment at Sheffield Wednesday. It is widely believed that he may have approached WBA regarding the availability of Michael Appleton (WBA's first team coach, now acting Head Coach). He is well thought of in the club. He has done his coaching badges, and if he does well I could see him getting the job on a permanent basis...

As for people like Allardyce, that would be a bizarre appointment - none of our players are suited to that style of play. I also can't seem him working in our kind of set-up.

Also, putting RDM on gardening leave (meaning he can't come out and talk) suggests things may have been brewing behind the scenes for a while. Maybe in regard to Jan transfers... Alot of the blame, having spoken to WBA fans seems to be directed at our Chairman. Whilst he keeps us stable, he never seems to want to push the boat out and see us consolidate as a Prem team. Parachute payments seem to be enough for him...

Edited By: emhaslam on Feb 06, 2011 14:53
#18
greg_68

Wonder who is line for that, I'd assume there is someone in mind.


No-one in the frame at the moment.
#19
emhaslam
greg_68

Wonder who is line for that, I'd assume there is someone in mind.


No-one in the frame at the moment.


In the West Brom frame?

Chris Hughton
Sacked by Newcastle in December. Would work within the club’s structure, but would he have respect of players?

Sam Allardyce
A steady hand, with extensive top-flight experience. Not stylish though, and not cheap either.

Derek McInnes
St Johnstone manager is a former West Brom player. Won promotion in Scotland, and was linked with WBA in 2009.

Martin O’Neill
An outside bet. The former Aston Villa manager is looking for work, but won’t be cheap.
#20
Martin Jol is being banded around too!

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