Roberto Di Matteo leaves West Brom

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It appears that manager Roberto Di Matteo has parted company with West Brom, following yet another poor performance over the weekend.

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Di Matteo has been placed on gardening leave with immediate effect, which has relieved the former manager of his duties. The reason given for the sudden dismissal is the club's run of 13 defeats from 18 games – the latest of which was a 3-0 loss at Manchester City on Saturday.

The Baggie's chairman Jeremy Peace said that the final decision to part ways with Di Matteo had been a hard one, but also one that he believed would ultimately be of benefit to the club.

"This has been a tough decision," said Peace.

"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."

Since Di Matteo took over proceedings at the club last June, he has experienced mixed fortunes; West Brom's opening game of the season saw them on the end of a 6-0 demolition courtesy of Chelsea, however, they recovered from the early stumble to lose only twice in nine games. The Baggies were even in the top-four for a brief period, but a string of bad results has left them in their current position -  a mere two points away from the relegation zone.

West Brom's chairman Peace is all too aware of the current state of affairs, saying: "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. “ added Peace.

West Brom will play West Ham in their next Premier League match on February 12th, with Stan James and Paddy Power offering 12/5 odds of a victory for West Ham, while Bodog set their odds at 5/2.

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