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