Is Pulis trying similar trick with Sunderland boss as he did Pardew?

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

The Baggies coach has been discussing the Sunderland boss just as he did the Crystal Palace manager. He disagrees with West Ham and Newcastle fans...

On the popular game Football Manager, pre-match press conferences give you the option of unnerving or praising an opposition manager.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis clearly keeps clicking the 'praise' button, according to the Daily Star.

But the problem is it's not getting him anywhere. Indeed, before the international break, Pulis praised Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew and criticised Newcastle United fans for being too harsh on him.

This week, the Welshman has praised new Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce... and criticised West Ham United fans for being too harsh on him.

Does Pulis just pre-record his responses to reporters? It would be a novel idea if it actually helped his side beat Sunderland - but it didn't do him any favours or win him any points against Crystal Palace...

The West Brom boss is quoted as saying by the Star: "I know Sam well and I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves.

"He did a smashing job at West Ham and you know his teams are always well drilled and well organised. People forget that when they got relegated, he got them promoted in the first year and they kicked on from there.

"He laid down the groundwork for the next manager who is now reaping the rewards." 

Managers defending their colleagues is usually mundane but this appears bizarre. It's as if Pulis is telling all football fans they are wrong. Newcastle fans are wrong. West Ham fans are wrong. Pardew is amazing. Allardyce is amazing.

Why don't we just get rid of the fans and all opinions? Let's have the likes of the West Brom, Sunderland and Crystal Palace bosses rule football without any scrutiny?

Pulis needs to get real. Pardew is doing well at Palace but he wasn't good enough with the Magpies. Simple. The same - undeniably - goes for Allardyce, who won just three of his last 20 games with the Hammers.

Heaping praise on his opposing managers and criticising West Ham and Newcastle fans will only lose Pulis favour with opposition supporters. And it's not like he's too popular at West Brom right now.

Ironically, Crystal Palace supporters aren't huge fans of Pulis, either...

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