NEWPORT'S Tony Pulis was sacked by Sheffield Wednesday on Monday night, just 45 days after being appointed by the Championship strugglers.

The Owls made the announcement with chairman Dejphon Chansiri indicating issues on and off the pitch were behind the decision.

Pulis's dismissal came two days after a 1-1 draw at Blackburn in his 10th game in charge.

Chansiri said in a statement on the club website: "The performances and results have not been of the level expected since Tony Pulis was appointed. There are also other issues which have had a bearing on this decision.

"On the pitch, seven points from a possible 30 is not acceptable. It is vital we maintain our Championship status and I feel I must make a change now with over half of the season remaining to give us the best possible chance of doing so."

Pulis was appointed in November after being out of work since leaving Middlesbrough in May 2019.

The 62-year-old has a wealth of experience and previously led Gillingham, Crystal Palace, West Brom and guided Stoke to the Premier League in 2008 before ruffling feathers in the top flight.

However, Pulis won just one match - a 1-0 home victory against Coventry on December 19.