West Brom first-team coach Gerry Francis comments on Tony Pulis' future amid Newcastle United links

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

The West Brom coach has been linked with a move to Newcastle United at the end of the season.

Earlier this week it was reported that West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis was on the shortlist for Newcastle United next season.

The North-East club are set for relegation to the Championship after yet another poor result at the weekend against Southampton.

Rafa Benitez is free to leave his role as Newcastle manager should the club suffer relegation and Newcastle are preparing for his exit, with the Daily Mail saying Pulis is top of their list.

Pulis has one year left on his West Brom contract but his future has been openly questioned in recent weeks after an up-and-down season and a bubbling frustration among Baggies fans with Pulis’ negative football tactics.

Today (13/04/16) saw his first-team coach Gerry Francis quizzed about the future of Pulis when appearing as a guest on Sky Sports News HQ and the West Brom coach had this to say:

“He has done a fantastic job wherever he has gone. I think he’s got another year to go at West Bromwich Albion and we’ll see what happens in the summer I think.”

He was then asked what was needed at the club in the summer if they are to improve:

“I think you do need to progress on and off the field at all clubs. Certainly in the Premier League you need financial backing if you want to get further up the table.”

West Brom fans who want Pulis gone will hold hope that he walks the plank. He has done so previously at Stoke City and Crystal Palace.

Others will however believe he has done a good job on limited resources at The Hawthorns and deserves more respect.

Newcastle fans will hope they stay up and Benitez stays, proof that you will rarely get what you want.

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