Five struggling clubs for Tony Pulis: Nottingham Forest, West Brom, Crystal Palace?

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Nottingham Forest

Stuart Pearce's return to the City Ground has been far from ideal so far, with the Nottingham Forest legend's reputation taking an unfortunate battering.

The club's chances of promotion appear to be disintegrating and many have questioned Pearce's tactics, team selections and more. Tony Pulis would be a safe bet should Nottingham Forest decide to part ways with the coach.

Pearce does appear, though, to still have the backing of the majority of fans, while many feel Pulis's tactics would not be beneficial to the current Nottingham Forest squad.

West Brom

Alan Irvine is under huge pressure at West Brom and has himself admitted his job is not safe. Pulis would have plenty to work with should he replace the Scot - Ben Foster, Joleon Lescott etc - and a Premier League club of West Brom's size may just appeal to the Welshman.

The Baggies hardly have a reputation for making the right managerial choices, however, while they have shown particular faith in Irvine so far.

Crystal Palace

The 56-year-old has reportedly said there is 'no chance' of a Crystal Palace return but that kind of thing has never actually stopped a deal from taking place in the past.

Steve Parish would be mad not to pursue his former manager were he available, while the situation will suit Pulis himself as he will have increased bargaining power compared to when he left Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace were apparently unwilling to give Pulis the money (or players) he wanted in the transfer market - but they money the will lose from relegation will be far greater. The Welshman is 6/1 to return to Palace and 10/1 to keep them up again with Ladbrokes.

Brighton and Hove Albion

The only club on this list to already be managerless after Sami Hyypia's resignation, Pulis is the perfect candidate when it comes to shoring up the Seagull's back line and avoiding relegation.

The former Crystal Palace boss also has experience taking sides up, meaning the club would also be showing long-term ambition by appointing him.

Leicester City

Bottom of the Premier League, the Foxes arguably need Pulis the most - that's if they lose patience with Nigel Pearson, of course.

Pearson guided Leicester out of the Championship with aplomb but the board of directors need to decide whether that loyalty should be rewarded or whether they truly see the 51-year-old as the man to take them forward.

Should Leicester decide to sack Pearson while Pulis is still available, the Welshman would be the perfect remedy for their leaky defence.

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