Baggies boss faces up to getting the bullet

Gareth Barry of West Bromwich Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United at The Hawthorns

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Tony Pulis admits he would not blame West Bromwich Albion for sacking him as he deals with the biggest crisis in his career for more than a decade.

However, despite some new signings this summer, West Brom have only won two games so far and are 16th in the table, just a point above the drop zone.

"It's very, very unfortunate for us as a football club as well".

"I think him going off to play for Belgium, and to play in the two games for the full 90 minutes in a short period of time, has unfortunately caught him out".

"No, not at all", Pulis said when asked if it would be unfair if he lost his job. If the club decide what they decide, I've got great respect for the football club, the supporters, the chairman, the board - it's just life. It's the way it is.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis is optimistic his side can get a positive result against champions Chelsea in their Premier League clash on Saturday.

That last remark may have been a message to the club's Chinese owner, Guochuan Lai, about what he might be about to give up.

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After 11 games played, the Baggies now sit at 16th in the Premier League, just one point above the relegation zone.

"Last year we were one result worse off than what we are this year and we stayed in eighth more than any other position in the league and ended up finishing tenth", said Pulis.

Whilst they started the season well, with seven points out of a possible nine in their first three games, the have lost their last three on the bounce and haven't secured a win since August. That will do little to quieten the conspiracy theorists, though, especially if West Brom loses again.

"One of those teams is Bournemouth and everyone tells me what great football they play". Dovetail that with continued criticism of his approach - direct, unspectacular, risk-averse - and it's no surprise there are calls for change.

"People say the football's been boring but the last two games at The Hawthorns have seen nine goals scored", he said. You look at the league and you can pick four or five teams who have scored less goals than us.

Pulis understands why supporters are frustrated, and urged them to get behind the players, if not him.

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