Tony Pulis: I’m more than just an escape artist

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Tony Pulis is at the top of the list for clubs looking for a new manager…if that club is battling relegation.

Pulis has gained a reputation as an escape artist, coming into a struggling club to help keep them up, a managerial mercenary of sorts.

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When the Welshman was appointed manager at West Bromwich Albion on January 1st, the Baggies were just one point clear of the drop.

Pulis turned around the club as they now sit 13th, and was named Premier League Manager of the Month for February.

After leading Crystal Palace from bottom of the table to an 11th place finish last season, Pulis wants people to know he is more than just a short-term solution.

It’s annoying and disappointing that people think I just keep clubs up.

It’s a compliment in some respects and something you work very hard over a period of time to achieve to get that recognition. But what I get frustrated about is that everybody talks about me never being relegated, nobody talks about the fact I’ve been promoted out of every league in England.

I’ve taken a club, Stoke, that was mid-table in the Championship to an FA Cup Final, into the last 32 of Europe and signed players six or seven years ago that are still there and the bedrock of the team.

I get a little bit frustrated that people say I’m the one to get when things aren’t going so well. Will I ever get a big job? This is a big job, just like Palace and Stoke were. You have your niche in life and a way of doing things.

For me to be the age I am and still working at the top level is fantastic. That’s all I need, I don’t need any taps on the back. If a top four job came along, I don’t think people will look at Tony Pulis to do that.”

Pulis seems a bit angry at his reputation, despite being one of the more respected managers in the league. Although he spent his entire career in the lower tiers of English football, he has become a household name as a manager in the Premier League.

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When it comes down to it, Tony Pulis isn’t a man that cares what others think about him. He lets his results do the talking, and Pulis will surely be smiling if his Baggies can take down Liverpool this weekend.