Tony Pulis has revealed what advice Sir Alex Ferguson gave him upon Stoke’s promotion to the Premier League in 2008.
The Potters were widely tipped for relegation straight back down to the Championship when they reached the top flight almost a decade ago.
Pulis guided them to a 12th-placed finish in their first campaign however, and has since carved out a reputation as a survival specialist.
The Welshman has never suffered relegation from the Premier League during his time at Stoke, Crystal Palace and now West Brom, and perhaps has advice from one of the game’s greats to thank for it.
Pulis says that former Manchester United manager Ferguson offered him a simple piece of advice upon Stoke’s 2008 promotion.
“It was to make the Britannia a fortress,” Pulis told The Times. “And don’t give a damn what the big clubs say about it. Because they’ll all talk you down. They’ll slip things into the papers, they’ll do this and that. They’ll try and make you soft.
“So don’t take no notice, he said. Do what you’ve got to do.
“…and then he used to come to the Britannia and moan like a drain. ‘The grass is too long. The pitch is too small.'”