West Bromwich Albion are set for troubling times, with a negative atmosphere surrounding the club after recent events.
Chris Brunt had to deal with one of his own supporters hurling a coin in his face after the 3-1 loss at the hands of Reading in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
During the course of that game the away end of the Madejski Stadium was chanting “Pulis Out” for a lengthy period of time and it is clear that there is a disconnect between those in the stands and those employed by the club.
Captain Darren Fletcher was quick to dismiss any idea of a divide between fans and players, but the very fact he needed to publically state that shows that things aren’t going right at West Brom.
This level of discord is not helpful for a team who are only eight points clear of relegation and now is the right time to back the Black Country outfit to go down while they are priced at 14/1.
Tony Pulis is quickly becoming an unpopular figure at the Hawthorns, with many Baggies unhappy with the unattractive way his side are playing.
The view is that the Welsh manager is good when you are looking to survive, but not when you want to push up the Premier League, which is what West Brom supporters are hoping for.
It looks unlikely that the 58-year-old boss will be in the dugout at the start of next season, especially after recent comments.
“Let’s sit down in the summer and see where we go from there,” said Pulis when questioned about his future.
However, rather than waiting until then, another relegation candidate should act now in order to guarantee safety.
Newcastle United are occupying the bottom three and have lost three of their last four Premier League outings despite spending heavily.
The Magpies are beginning to lose patience with Steve McClaren and replacing him with Pulis now would help them steer clear of trouble, just look at the job the West Brom man did at Crystal Palace for proof.
A move to St James’ Park would also make sense for the Welshman as it would finally give him the chance to flex some financial muscle in the transfer market, something he has complained about before.