James Morrison: Tony Pulis has restored West Brom’s identity

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

Morrison has been impressed with Tony Pulis since his arrival at West Brom.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, James Morrison has heaped praise on Tony Pulis for restoring the Baggies’ identity after a couple of poor seasons.

The Scottish international said: “What’s important as a team is that we’ve got an identity again where for a couple of seasons, that’s been missing, we haven’t been quite sure what we are. Now we are a solid team, we build on clean sheets. It’s a bit like it was under Roy [Hodgson], but more so.”

Pulls certainly looks to have brought a sense of continuity to the Hawthorns, having seen the Baggies endure a strange period of uncertainty prior to his arrival.

Since the departure of Steve Clarke in December 2013, the Midlands club have seen a selection of permanent and interim managers come and go, with the club suffering a downwards fall towards the relegation places.

It was intended that the appointment of Alan Irvine at the beginning of this season would bring some stability to the club, but his lack of top flight management experienced showed early on during his reign, and it was no surprise he was let go less than halfway through the season.

However, Pulis came in, and far exceeded his job expectations by securing safety and managing a respectable 13th placed finish. He brought a new look system to his playing squad, and there is now a defined style that West Brom will play.

This is a far cry from the previous regimes, when managerial appointments veered from those meant to play passing, progressive football - Pepe Mel - to defensive, staid football - Irvine.

Pulis has brought a system back to the Hawthorns which is effective and will bring results, and with the Welsh manager in charge, the club can surely only move forwards.

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