When it comes to Premier League managers, Tony Pulis is as old-school as it gets.
The West Brom boss is one of the most well-respected figures around the league and always tells it how it is, this time calling out one of his own players.
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In the first half of West Brom’s scoreless draw against Southampton, Baggies’ winger Callum McManaman went down in the box in an attempt to draw a penalty kick. Referee Stuart Attwell said play on, and after the match Pulis said the no-call was the right decision.
I’ve looked at it and I think Callum’s feet actually go up from under him and I don’t think the player has touched him.
I’ll be having a chat with Callum on Monday. I don’t like to see that.
The referee and the linesman made a fantastic decision and they deserve a lot of credit for it.
While replays show McManaman clearly took a dive on the play, you rarely hear a manager publicly commenting on his players’ theatrics.
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However, Pulis is known for his hard-stance against diving, as it’s not the first time he’s called out his own players for doing it. While in charge at Crystal Palace in 2014, Pulis said Jerome Thomas would be fined after he was booked for diving in a match.
Diving has been a contentious issue in football for some time now, and it is nearly impossible to eliminate it from the game completely. Hopefully, more managers follow the lead of Tony Pulis.