Last seasons saviour of Crystal Palace in the EPL Tony Pulis has told West Bromwich Albion that it will take him at least two weeks before he finally discovers whether he can keep/save the club from relegation.
Tony Pulis takes charge of the team for the first time against Gateshead in the FA Cup on Saturday, having been a spectator in the stand as his new charges drew at West Ham in the league
on Thursday, and he promised the fans he would not underestimate the non-league side.
“The FA Cup means a lot to me as a person,” he said. “I recognise that supporters want to do well at their clubs and we’ll try and win the game tomorrow.
“The team we’ll put out will be a strong team and it’s a team that’s been picked to win a game of football, irrespective of who we are playing.”
Following the Gateshead match, West Brom take on fellow strugglers Hull City at home, then Everton away in the next fortnight, by which time Pulis will have a clearer idea of the task that lies before him.
“My record is by-the by now there’s everybody trying to stay up in the Premiership and just because I’ve walked through the door doesn’t mean the club’s going to stay up,” he emphasised.
Asked whether he could save a side who are just one place off the relegation zone, he said: “You need to give me a couple of weeks and then I’ll give you an answer.
But I’m under no illusions it’s going to be really, really difficult.”
Key to his chances of success will be his relationship with the chairman Jeremy Peace who appointed him on a two-and-a-half-year deal after sacking Alan Irvine early in the week.
Pulis managed Stoke from 2006-13 before joining Palace and guided the south London club to 11th place in the top flight in his one season in charge.
Pulis only came on board after having insisted on having the final say on transfer policy, a sticking point at Crystal Palace where he fell out with the
chairman Steve Parish and then quit two days before the start of the season.
It makes him West Brom’s fourth manager in little more than a year after
Irvine, Pepe Mel and Steve Clarke but he stressed that he had enjoyed a productive relationship with the chairman Peter Coates at Stoke City and
did not anticipate any problems at The Hawthorns.
“I think the most important thing at a football club is that everybody works
together, irrespective of decision making,” he said.
“Someone asked me if I minded being called head coach. You can call me head bottlewasher if you want, it doesn’t make a blind bit of difference. As long as I know that there are specific responsibilities I’m in charge of then
that’s not a problem.
“Having spoken to the chairman of the football club, everyone understands the position we’re in, everybody understands what we have to try and do and everybody understands that we have to be together to make sure the club
“There’s a lot of work top be done to do that and we need the support of everybody. I’ve been here quite a few times and this place rocks when the
support is really behind the team and we need to get that going again, desperately.”
The Issue now is can Tony Pulis repeat his rescue mission on West Bromwich Albion the same way he rescued Crystal Palace and Stoke City?
Culled From: THE GUARDIAN SPORTS