Why West Brom should give Tony Pulis the control he wants and appoint him manager

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

West Brom are reportedly in talks with the former Stoke City and Crystal Palace boss, but one of the stumbling blocks could be control over transfers.

West Bromwich Albion appear to have identified Tony Pulis as the man to replace Alan Irvine in charge of first team affairs, as they look to fight off the threat of relegation from the Premier League.

It's not the first time that Jeremy Peace has taken such action at the midway point of the season. Gary Megson, Roberto Di Matteo and Steve Clarke have all previously been axed by the Baggies chief in order to keep the club in the top flight.

It would make sense to approach Pulis. Last season he took over Crystal Palace who seemed doomed, and took 38 points from 26 games to leave them finishing in very respectable mid-table position following their return to the top flight.

He famously left the Eagles 48 hours before the new season got underway because of a reported dispute over transfers as he wanted to implement his own plan at Selhurst Park.

Further to this is his record at Stoke City - where he took them up from the second tier and established them as a Premier League side, with the Potters even enjoying a run to the FA Cup final and benefiting from a season in Europe.

Despite being in the top flight for their fourth consecutive season, the Baggies still have a reputation for being something of a yo-yo club, but Pulis could be the man to end that reputation, and bring a lot more stability to The Hawthorns.

It should be applauded that West Brom have been willing to take chances on the likes of Clarke and Irvine by giving them their first job as Head Coach or manager. The treatment of Clarke was surprising because he led them to a top half finish, while no-one outside the club will have said the club's current position is one that is surprising or below expectations.

The turnover of head coaches and managers can not be helping the club's cause when it comes to the long-term. It would help to get a manager in who has a proven track record to lay some foundations to make them a side that is more than surviving in the Premier League. Pulis makes sides competitive and very difficult to beat. His legacy at Stoke is there for all to see, whilst disagreements at Palace didn't give him the opportunity to show he could do it for the medium to long-term there.

They have an opportunity to lay some solid foundations for the future with a more experienced manager that could consolidate their status in the top flight for many years to come.

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