West Brom sack Steve Bruce after one win in 13 Championship games

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The Baggies have placed Under-21 coach Richard Beale in charge following Steve Bruce’s dismissal.

West Bromwich Albion have sacked Steve Bruce as manager following their poor start to the season.

The Baggies have won just one of their opening 13 league games and sit 22nd in the Championship table.

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Albion have failed to win any of their last eight in the second tier, while also being eliminated from the League Cup in the second round by League One Derby County in August.

Bruce oversaw 32 games in charge of West Brom in all competitions, winning eight, drawing 12 and losing the same number of occasions.

West Bromwich Albion have sacked Steve Bruce. West Bromwich Albion have sacked Steve Bruce.
West Bromwich Albion have sacked Steve Bruce. | Getty Images

The 61-year-old’s coaching staff Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence and Alex Bruce have also left the Hawthorns following his dismissal.

In a statement on their official website, the Baggies said: “West Bromwich Albion have today parted company with Manager Steve Bruce.

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“Backroom staff Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence and Alex Bruce have also left The Hawthorns.

“The club would like to place on record its thanks to Steve Bruce and his coaching staff for their efforts since arriving in February.

“Under-21s coach Richard Beale will oversee first-team affairs on an interim basis, assisted by James Morrison and Gary Walsh.

“The process of recruiting a new Manager is now under way and an appointment will be confirmed in due course.”

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Bruce’s departure from Albion could be the last of his managerial career. The former defender surprised many by taking the West Brom job after hinting he could retire following his sacking from Newcastle United last year.

In an interview with the Telegraph, he said: "I think this might be my last job. It’s not just about me; it’s taken its toll on my whole family because they are all Geordies and I can’t ignore that.

"They have been worried about me… especially my wife Jan.

"I’m 60-years-old and I don’t know if I want to put her through it again.

Capped 46 times by Scotland, the 33 year-old midfielder is available after more than 300 appearances for West Brom.Capped 46 times by Scotland, the 33 year-old midfielder is available after more than 300 appearances for West Brom.
Capped 46 times by Scotland, the 33 year-old midfielder is available after more than 300 appearances for West Brom. | Getty Images

"We’ve got a good life so, yeah, this will probably be me done as a manager - until I get a phone call from a chairman somewhere asking if I can give them a hand. Never say never, I’ve learnt that.

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"By the time I got to Newcastle, I thought I could handle everything thrown at me but it has been very, very tough.

"To never really be wanted, to feel that people wanted me to fail, to read people constantly saying I would fail, that I was useless, a fat waste of space, a stupid, tactically inept cabbage head or whatever. And it was from day one.

"When we were doing okay results wise, it was ‘yeah but the style of football is rubbish’ or I was just ‘lucky.’ It was ridiculous and persistent, even when the results were good."

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