West Brom first-team coach Gerry Francis comments on the future of Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

The ownership of the club could play a key role in Pulis' future.

Tony Pulis is once again working his magic at West Bromwich Albion. He may not be to everyone's liking but he has had success at both Stoke City and Crystal Palace in the Premier League playing his brand of football and West Brom are now safe.

They are unbeaten in four in the league and are 11th in the table. However, despite more success for Pulis, his future at the club remains in doubt.

Pulis was quoted by The Telegraph in February as commenting:

“Let’s get through the season, let’s sit down and see where we go from there. The most important thing is to try and keep the club up in the Premier League.

"I’ll sit down with Jeremy (Peace, owner) and we’ll take it from there.”

Despite the good results West Brom fans have become tired of the club's uninspiring style of play under Pulis and that has led to many wanting him out of the club.

Now one of his first-team coaches has had his say on the matter. When asked about Pulis' future on Sky Sports News HQ earlier today Gerry Francis had this to say:

"That remains to be seen. Tony remains under contract for another year.

"The club has been up for sale and there were a number of issues with the club maybe being sold, last summer.

"Who knows what's going to happen in the future? I think we will have to all wait and see what the future holds for West Brom and what the chairman (Jeremy Peace) does with the club and what Tony does at the end of the day.

"I think we'll just have to wait."

So he seems to think Pulis' future might hinge on the ownership of the club.

Pulis himself may indeed decide to walk. A principled man he has done so previously at both Stoke and Palace - with little warning.

West Brom fans may want to see a more exciting brand of football at the club then what they currently have. But under Pulis they will nearly always be guaranteed survival.

The question is - is that enough?

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