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West Brom Dismiss Di Matteo After Slump

7/2/2011
West Bromwich Albion manager Roberto Di Matteo has been dismissed from his post and placed on gardening leave with immediate effect following Saturday’s 3-0 defeat away to Manchester City.

The result represented the 13th reversal suffered by the Baggies in their last 18 matches, prompting the West Brom board to relieve Di Matteo of his duties in a bid to arrest the slump and stave off relegation.

The promoted side currently sit just above the relegation zone by virtue of a superior goal difference to fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic, but have gained many fans this season due to their free-flowing football.

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace spoke of what a tough decision it was to sack Di Matteo, explaining: “as a board, I believe [the decision] is the right one to give the club the best possible chance of remaining in the 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.”

Di Matteo, who guided West Brom to promotion last season and took them as high as fourth in the Premier League this campaign, was not impressed with the decision, admitting: “I was extremely surprised and disappointed to be relieved of my duties."
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