West Bromwich Albion legend and club record goalscorer Tony 'Bomber' Brown is in shock over Roberto di Matteo's dismissal.
He believes Di Matteo should have been given more time to revive the club's fortunes.
Brown said: "I am in shock. It is happened so quick. It is all down to results.
"They've had this bad spell and the chairman has decided the manager has got to go. It's as simple as that.
"I think every Albion fan will be shocked with it happening like this.
"I think Di Matteo deserved a bit longer. We are in mid-stream. What is going to happen now, who is going to take over, who is going to lead the ship?
"It's a big job for whoever takes over. It is easy to get rid of your manager. We've had quite a lot.
"All it does is cause confusion again at a vital part of the season.
"It has got to be someone who is going to get the lads behind him otherwise you are in a bit of a mess."