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Category: Tony Pulis

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Tony Pulis: ‘I’m softer but there’s still that little streak in me’

Sheffield Wednesday’s first goal under their new manager was from a set piece but there is more to him, says a former playerPerhaps it was inevitable the first goal of the Tony Pulis era at Sheffield Wednesday would stem from a superbly executed set pi…

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Tony Pulis leaves Middlesbrough after contract as manager is not renewed

• Pulis took job in December 2017 with aim of promotion• Middlesbrough finished outside play-off places this seasonTony Pulis has left Middlesbrough after the Championship club announced his contract as manager would not be extended.Pulis took over at …

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Championship play-off battle: Derby close to Spygate showdown | Nick Miller

Lampard’s side face huge uncertainty if they don’t go up but a win will seal sixth spot ahead of Middlesbrough and Bristol CityThe Championship is a division where form is temporary and flux is permanent. The top two spots are already decided (although…

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Middlesbrough v Newport: uniting two managers from one tough district

Tony Pulis and Michael Flynn grew up in Pill, Newport. We visit and speak to Newport’s manager and Pulis’s brother RaymondMichael Flynn has just finished talking to Raymond Pulis, Tony’s brother, about Newport County’s FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough …

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Grown-up Grealish has found his focus, says Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce

• Grealish had to deal with toxic dressing room, adds Bruce• Villa lead Boro 1-0 from Championship play-off first legUntil recently Jack Grealish was routinely pigeon-holed as a self-destructive, troubled talent but Steve Bruce believes his playmaker w…

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Can Boro stun Wolves? Will Derby wake? Key Championship questions | Louise Taylor

With vital Championship games across the Easter period, we look at some of the most important issues, including Fulham’s push for promotionAssumptions are dangerous. Just ask Steve Bruce. “There’s going to be a lot of twists and turns before it all fin…

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How did West Brom go from midtable to a run of 20 games without a win?

Only Derby County’s disastrous 2007-08 team – who won once all season – have gone for longer without tasting victoryBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkThe significance of the game between Premier League strugglers West…

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Tony Pulis appointed Middlesbrough manager and excited by ‘real challenge’

• Pulis confirmed as successor to Garry Monk by Championship club• Former West Brom manager will be in stands for Boxing Day gameTony Pulis has said he is excited by the “real challenge” at Middlesbrough after being appointed as manager following the s…

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Tony Pulis quiz: how much do you know about football’s great tracksuit manager?

Grab your thinking cap. It’s time for a few teasers on Tony Pulis• Sports quiz of the week: World Cup losers, Ashes winners and a promiseTony Pulis spent eight of his first nine season as a senior player at Bristol Rovers. Which club did he represent i…

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Escape artist Tony Pulis runs out of time after West Brom fans lose patience | Barry Glendenning

West Bromwich Albion turned to Tony Pulis when they were in danger of the drop but after three years of uninspiring football and a £40m summer outlay, the club’s fans and owners expected progressThe signs were ominous. The conspicuous presence of Guoch…

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West Brom sack Tony Pulis as manager after owner joins fans in losing patience

• West Brom’s 4-0 defeat by Chelsea made it 11 games without a win• Pulis leaves with club one point and one place above relegation zoneTony Pulis has been sacked as manager of West Bromwich Albion, with Gary Megson set to take charge on a temporary ba…

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West Brom owners and fans pile pressure on beleaguered Tony Pulis

• Baggies are without a Premier League win since August• Supporters disgruntled with manager’s style of footballFor years Tony Pulis has been the safest managerial bet in the Premier League. But that seems to be changing. The fact now facing West Bromw…

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Tony Pulis defends his record but the end looks nigh at West Brom

Tony Pulis has been unfortunate with signings he hoped would gel but more disquiet in the stands against Chelsea could mean curtains for the managerAt times it was difficult to know whether Tony Pulis was mounting a robust defence of his record, or jus…

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Huddersfield’s Rajiv van La Parra piles pressure on West Brom

Rajiv van La Parra fired a stunning first-half winner against West Bromwich Albion as 10-man Huddersfield held on for another Premier League win to heap more pressure on Tony Pulis.Van La Parra curled home the only goal just before half-time and, altho…

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‘We’ve not had a penalty for over a year,’ says West Brom’s Tony Pulis – video

In the wake of his West Brom side’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on Monday night, manager Tony Pulis started his post-match press conference by saying he did not want to discuss the referee Bobby Madley, before criticising several of his decisions. Pulis pointed out that West Brom have not been awarded a penalty for over a year, and bemoaned several decisions which he implied cost them the chance to win the game.

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You won’t find me having at go at Tony Pulis’s industrial football | Liam Rosenior

Every team Tony Pulis has managed have a strong identity and mirror his philosophy, and as a player and budding coach I admire that

Match day four of our Premier League debut season at Brighton and on Saturday we’re up against what is widely known in football as a “Tony Pulis team”. For some, that reference to West Bromwich Albion and their manager is not a positive one. For me, however, it’s about as great an accolade as it gets for a football coach.

Why? Last week I discussed teams changing system and identity from game to game and the lack of consistency in terms of performance you risk from that. It’s something you can never level at a “Tony Pulis team”.

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Tony Pulis: “we don’t want to sell Jonny Evans” – video

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis used his pre-match press conference before Saturday’s trip to Burnley to confirm the club rejected a £18m bid from Manchester City for Jonny Evans. Pulis maintains that the club doesn’t want, or need, to sell their newly-appointed club captain, but that they’d let him make the final decision if an acceptable bid was made

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Premier League 2017-18 preview No19: West Bromwich Albion | Nick Ames

Tony Pulis’ side managed only one point in their last eight games in 2016-17 and he may need to strengthen further if they are to avoid dropping back into the bottom half of the table

Guardian writers’ predicted position 12th (NB: this is not necessarily Nick Ames’ prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)

Last season’s position 10th

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Secrecy over contract will do little to silence Arsène Wenger’s detractors | Paul Doyle

Wenger seems determined to stay but teasing fans about his Arsenal future following defeat at West Brom leaves him open to accusations of self-indulgence

Arsène knows. But he’s not telling. At least not publicly. A manager who for years has guaranteed stability is now cultivating uncertainty. That is pathetic in both senses of the word, achingly sad but also inadequate.

Wenger revealed after his team’s miserable defeat at West Bromwich Albion that he has made up his mind about whether to accept the new contract that he was offered months ago by the club to which he has been so integral for more than two decades that it has become, in its contemporary form, his life’s work. Whatever he has decided has historic implications. But for now he chooses to keep everyone in the dark.

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Rejuvenated Ross Barkley reaps benefits of Everton’s midfield makeover

England recall is on the cards for the midfielder after a recent upturn in form following Ronald Koeman’s reshaping of his side

Sometimes managers confound stereotypes. Tony Pulis brought up 300 Premier League matches in charge by belying his image as one of the game’s great puritans to eulogise about a flair player.

Sometimes praise comes from unexpected quarters. Ross Barkley had spent much of the season as the recipient of managerial criticism. After he helped outclass West Bromwich Albion in a 3-0 win for Everton, the player found his fan club had swelled to include both Pulis and Ronald Koeman, who traded tributes.

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