Pulis warns Baggies ‘might dip a little bit more’

Date published: Saturday 28th October 2017 8:37

Tony Pulis accepts the recent criticism directed towards him but the West Brom boss insists there is no crisis at the club and is confident his job is safe.

Albion started the campaign with three straight wins in all competitions but those two victories against Bournemouth and Burnley are their only ones in the last 18 Premier League fixtures going back to last season.

West Brom supporters were singing Pulis’ name just three matches ago at home to Watford – a game in which Albion led by two goals but ended up drawing 2-2.

Pulis’ side then squandered another lead at Leicester to draw before losing late on at Southampton last weekend, when West Brom’s Twitter account was bombarded with such vitriol and abuse aimed towards the manager that it blocked any replies to its tweets.

As Sarah Winterburn wrote here, his West Brom’s form over the whole of 2017 is little better than the form that got Steve Clarke the sack in 2013.

Pulis is not surprised by the quick change in favour, saying: “I’m not surprised at all. I’ve been in this position before and it turns from game to game and you have to roll with it.

“It’s the way of the world. The Premier League, for a lot of clubs, is up and down. The trick is not get too carried away when things are going very well and not get too despondent when they’re not. You’re only a (good) result from getting it all clicking again.

“What happens with social media and everything else is that there is always a clamour for people having a tough time.”

Three Premier League managers have already lost their jobs this season but Pulis believes the powers that be at West Brom are more understanding and realistic.

“John Williams is an experienced chairman and he’s been in the Premier League with other clubs so he’s seen the motion of the waves and they don’t just move smoothly all the time,” said Pulis.

“You can’t affect what happens outside with supporters and social media, the papers, I understand the nature of it. But what you can affect is what’s happening inside the club, and inside the club there are good people.

“We’ve got a tough run so we might dip a little bit more before we get out of it but everybody sticks together and will do what they’ve been doing for three years and that is working together, good and bad.

“It would be nice if other clubs and other chairmen held their ground a bit more.”

Asked if he had sought reassurance from Williams over his position, Pulis replied: “No. If John is going to talk to me then he’ll talk to me, I’m sure. But we haven’t spoken about anything like that.”

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