Tony Pulis’s Future Remains Unknown After Chinese Takeover
Posted by Daniele Accurso | Published on September 18, 2016
After a lacklustre transfer window signing a total of 5 players, only two of these with real talent, Pulis was left angry, annoyed and fuming at the club’s hierarchy. Matt Phillips and Nacer Chadli will provide the quality down the wings but other signings in the form of Hal R0bson Kanu (5 goals in the championship last season), Brendan Galloway whose still young and Allan Nyom, these three won’t bring the sort of calibre that Pulis was after.
The Welshman, into his third season now with the midlands club, said this week:
“I won’t be leaving. If I leave, it will be the club’s decision for me to leave, it won’t be my decision.”
With the takeover of new Chinese owners, the club may be looking to build on their premier league status and battle for European positions whilst playing a stylish, attractive type of football. Can Pulis achieve such targets with his philosophy? He did bring Stoke into the Europa League a few years back but his style of football may oppose the new owners’ wishes. The bookies now make Tony the favourite to be axed next in the premier league at 7/5.
Pulis spoke further about his contract situation,
“If we sit down and talk about a new contract we do, if we don’t, we don’t. It doesn’t change my view, my perspective or my attitude to doing my job. Every day I wake up I realise and understand how lucky I am to be in this game, irrespective of all the criticism you get or don’t get. I’m a very fortunate lad and every day I’m in it I’m lucky.”
Pulis mentioned he was “pleased” about the takeover of the club but does new owners, with new ambitions make his position untenable? 4 points from 4 games, the local media and fans bemoaning his style of play and frustration at a poor transfer window has meant the season has started with a sense of somberness around the Hawthorns. From what it seems, Pulis’ time at West Brom could be coming to an end.