Sunday 20 January 2019

Baggies blast back after Di Matteo sacking

CHairman Jeremy Peace is adamant West Brom are not part of football's 'hire and fire' culture despite yesterday's axeing of Roberto Di Matteo.

The Baggies placed their Italian manager on gardening leave after their 13th defeat in 18 games, Saturday's 3-0 reverse at Manchester City, left them only two points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

First-team coach Michael Appleton has been placed in charge on a caretaker basis while a new manager is sought.

League Managers Association chief executive officer Richard Bevan was critical of the decision, which came just a matter of months after Di Matteo led the Baggies to promotion back to the top flight.

"Roberto represents yet another victim of the 'hire and fire' mentality that pervades in our game," Bevan said in a statement issued by the LMA.

But Peace defended the club's approach and said: "Our track record proves we do not take such decisions lightly.

"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 Premier League."

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