West Bromwich Albion have sacked Steve Bruce just days after falling to a 1-0 defeat away at Preston North End.

Preston are becoming something of a grim reaper for West Brom managers.

North End went to The Hawthorns in January and secured a 2-0 win with Emil Riis and Cameron Archer on the scoresheet.

Valerian Ismael was under huge pressure and he lasted just one more game after that Preston defeat before being sacked.

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In came Steve Bruce as his replacement, and he had his date with North End last week.

Beleaguered Bruce brought his Baggies to Deepdale but left with a defeat as Riis once again found the net.

That 1-0 defeat left Bruce on the brink and Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Luton Town has proven to be the end.

West Brom have confirmed the sacking of Bruce and must now start their hunt for yet another manager.

The Baggies have been going through managers at some rate in recent times.

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Since Tony Pulis left the club in November 2017, West Brom have been through Alan Pardew, Darren Moore, James Shan, Slaven Bilic, Sam Allardyce, Ismael and now Bruce.

Another manager is now set to take that job and attempt to drag West Brom up the table.

Preston have received interest from West Brom in years gone by, fending them off to keep Alan Irvine in 2009 and Alex Neil in 2019.

It’s unlikely that we see West Brom go for Ryan Lowe and the current North End boss doesn’t feature on the list of runners and riders for the job right now.

Whoever takes over from Bruce may need to look at West Brom’s clash with Preston on December 29th and hope that it doesn’t the signal that the end is nigh once again.

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