McAu­ley hopes West Brom taskmas­ter Pulis is in for the long haul

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - BARCLAYS PREMIERE LEAGUE - By Tom Pren­tki at the Vi­tal­ity Sta­dium

Amid spec­u­la­tion over Tony Pulis’s fu­ture at the Hawthorns, West Bromwich Al­bion de­fender Gareth McAu­ley has warned that “the grass is not al­ways greener” when it comes to ap­point­ing a new man­ager.

Pulis is ex­pected to sit down with the chair­man, Jeremy Peace, in the com­ing weeks with only a year re­main­ing on his present deal and McAu­ley, who im­pressed at the heart of West Brom’s de­fence in their draw away to Bournemouth on Satur­day, is hope­ful that the man­ager will ex­tend his stay in the West Mid­lands.

“Back in the day when I was at Le­ices­ter we had four man­agers in a sea­son and we went down, things were crazy back then,” said McAu­ley. “You think it might give you a lift when a new man­ager comes in, but that is not al­ways the case. We are in a good place and solid in the Premier League. We like work­ing with him. He is good, to be fair. He is tough, he is a taskmas­ter and he does not like to con­cede goals.”

Salomón Rondón’s first-half header was not enough to earn West Brom a long-over­due win, with Matt Ritchie equal­is­ing 10 min­utes from time, but the in­di­ca­tions are that, like McAu­ley, 58year-old Pulis would like to stay, largely be­cause of the re­la­tion­ship he has with the club’s board.

“I get on very well with Jeremy,” said Pulis. “Jeremy’s a real hon­est, straight­for­ward guy and he tells you how it is. Some­times you don’t like what he says, but I pre­fer him say­ing it than pre­tend­ing it’s there and not giv­ing it to you.”

Pulis lives in the Bournemouth area and re­tains a soft spot for the club he rep­re­sented as a player and man­ager. “They’ve had a taste of it now,” he said. “They’ve got a good man­ager, they’ve got a bloody good chair­man who’s backed them and I ex­pect them now to push on.”

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