Tony Pulis: I wouldn't be surprised if West Bromwich Albion sacked me
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Nov 18, 2017,
Nov 18, 2017, 1:11
The club's fans have seemingly lost patience with Pulis and his pragmatic style of football, and a disgruntled section has called for his departure in recent games. If you don't get results then you are under pressure ... last year we were one result worse off than we are this year.
The experienced manager took charge of the Baggies in 2015 and has led them to Premier League finishes of 13th, 14th and 10th.
That last remark may have been a message to the club's Chinese owner, Guochuan Lai, about what he might be about to give up.
For large parts of the previous campaign, the Baggies sat in eighth place before a late slump led to the West Midlands outfit eventually finishing in 10th spot, just one point off eighth-place Southampton.
'I've got great respect for Antonio Conte. They've had supporters carrying managers round the pitch on the last game of the season because of results going for them and keeping them up. Look at the league, there are four or five teams who have scored fewer goals than us.
The frustration this season is compounded because of a feeling Pulis is working with the best squad West Brom have assembled in the Premier League era, after more than £40m was spent in the summer to bring in Burke, Jay Rodriguez, Kieran Gibbs and Gareth Barry among others as well as Grzegorz Krychowiak on loan.
"Chelsea have won nine of their last 11 away league games and they need to keep picking up maximum points and hope that leaders Manchester City slip-up".
Yet the Premier League's survival expert has never been relegated in a 25-year managerial career and insists NOBODY is better qualified to steer the club out of trouble. "It's not about Tony Pulis it's about the football club and the football team and everything that surrounds it".
They will abide Pulis if he gets results, by whatever means, like he did in his two spells at Stoke (2002-05, 2006-13).