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Gareth McAuley: 'West Bromwich Albion are in a difficult place'

Gareth McAuley recognises that West Bromwich Albion are currently "in a difficult place" and understands the struggling Premier League club's decision to sack Tony Pulis.

Gareth McAuley has acknowledged that West Bromwich Albion are currently "in a difficult place" and understands the club's decision to sack Tony Pulis.

The Baggies dismissed the 59-year-old on Monday following a torrid run of just two wins from their previous 21 Premier League games, leaving the club close to the relegation zone.

McAuley insists that he enjoyed working with Pulis but recognises that the demands of "modern-day football" mean there is not "an awful lot of time" for a manager to get a side out of trouble.

"We're in a difficult place," McAuley told Sky Sports News. "The club have felt that there may not be a light at the end of the tunnel and they probably felt change was the best way to maybe get a response.

"He was good for me at the football club. I was signing one-year deals and he was keeping me here and he could have moved me on.

"It was good working with him and just the run of form that we've been on and the way it is in modern day football. You don't get an awful lot of time to try turn things around. We've just got to get together and move on from it."

Former Crystal Palace and Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is believed to be the firm favourite to take over at The Hawthorns.

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1Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd128132113825
2West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1273231171424
3Leeds UnitedLeeds126512291323
4Middlesbrough12642146822
5Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest124711713419
6Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds125431918119
7Brentford124622014618
8Derby CountyDerby125341513218
9Norwich CityNorwich125341515018
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn124621415-118
11Swansea CitySwansea12453129317
12Wigan AthleticWigan125251416-217
13Bristol City124441614216
14Stoke CityStoke124441718-116
15Aston Villa123632020015
16Bolton WanderersBolton124351015-515
17Birmingham CityBirmingham122821312114
18Queens Park RangersQPR12426919-1014
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham12327919-1011
20Millwall122461319-610
21Reading122371520-59
22Preston North EndPreston122371824-69
23Ipswich TownIpswich121651118-79
24Hull City122281019-98

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