This season was a highly anticipated one mainly because of the pedigree of manager that now occupied our league. We have Mourinho, Klopp and now even Guardiola and as lovers of the game, it is a real treat when these great coaches come up against one another. However, there is one manager that has been ever present in the Premier League for some time now, and that man is Tony Pulis.
Pulis has done a phenomenal job at every club he has been at and at times , I believe, he hasn’t gotten the credit he deserves. He did a brilliant job at Stoke getting them into the Premier League and then making them a stable Premier League side rarely being threatened by relegation. His work at Palace perhaps is the most astonishing achievement. Taking a team destined for relegation to 11th in the table over a short period of time was an outstanding bit of success for Pulis ultimately earning him the Premier League manager of the season award. The thing we also have to remember is that Pulis works his magic with limited funds. He brings in players for little money but one’s he knows can do a job in his team. At times yes he doesn’t get the funding he wants and therefore the players, hence his abrupt departure from Palace, but he is brilliant at making do with what he has.
Pulis left Palace after only 10 months in charge
It seems its a similar story at West Brom. It was clear to all that Pulis didn’t bring in all the players he wanted in the summer and there were questions over whether he would walk just as he did at Palace. On the other hand, the players he has brought in seem to have already had the desired affect. No more so than club record signing Nacer Chadli. Some where surprised at the fact that Spurs allowed the Belgian international to leave and that decision may come back to haunt them based on his early performances for the Baggies. He ran West Ham ragged on Saturday playing a part in all 4 goals scored providing an assist for one and netting 2 himself. He also linked up superbly with striker Salomón Rondón who after a slow start to his West Brom career, finally looks like he could score the goals for his team.
Now I think Pulis himself wouldn’t be naive enough to rule out a relegation fight. However, as a team, West Brom have a manager who has been there and done that. Furthermore they haven’t made that bad a start to the season with 7 points from 5 games which isn’t horrendous and travelling to bottom club Stoke on Saturday they will fancy their chances. On the other hand, I think that if they ever did suffer a poor run of form the fans would be quietly confident because in Tony Pulis they have one hell of a manager.