Speaking about Pulis’ situation at West Brom, Hartson said: “It’s similar to the West Ham situation under Sam Allardyce. Sam almost guarantees you safety in the Premier League, but the West Ham fans will say ‘well, we’re not bothered about that, we want to see good football’.”
Pulis, like Allardyce, is one of the managers who can bring almost guaranteed Premier League survival - at the expense of playing very poor football.
For some clubs, that does not matter, as results are more important than style, but Pulis this season has been getting criticised for his complete reluctance to ever evolve as a manager.
Allardyce has built his career in a similar style, but during his time at West Ham he won promotion from the Championship and established the Hammers as a Premier League team.
He even attempted to change his style of play last season, bringing some extremely attractive, attacking football to the Boleyn Ground to appease the fans who were on his back.
When results started to go badly he resorted to his former direct style, and was once again criticised, before leaving the Hammers at the end of last season when his contract was not renewed.
Pulis has made it clear he will review his future this summer, and with Premier League survival secured, the Baggies may look for a new coach who can bring some style and verve back to the Hawthorns.