Jonas Olsson opens up on what he likes best about playing under Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

The West Brom defender was awarded a new contract earlier this month after impressing the Baggies boss.

West Bromwich Albion centre-back Jonas Olsson has said, as quoted by the Express & Star, that Tony Pulis is an excellent "old-school" leader who has got everyone at the club working towards the same goals.

Albion reached the 40-point mark with seven matches to spare thanks to a 0-0 draw at Sunderland in early April, although they have since suffered back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Watford.

Those results leave them with just one point from their last four matches since beating Manchester United in early March, but they currently sit in 14th place in the Premier League table, 10 points clear of the relegation zone and just four points off a place in the top half.

Olsson, who has made 27 appearances this season but has not featured since 19 March, said that Pulis' success in down to his "old-school" style of leadership and ability to unite his players.

The Swedish defender said, as quoted by the Express & Star: "I always have had a soft spot for players and managers who are really passionate about the game. That’s why I like the manager. I enjoy working under him, I think he’s been doing really well since he came. He’s always fair and straightforward, I think everybody appreciates that.

"He’s a bit old-school, but his leadership is excellent. I think that’s what you need, in a big club like this. It’s not easy to manage 25 or 26 professionals with big egos and get everybody to pull in the same direction and to keep everybody happy.

"That’s the balance. Our dressing room is excellent and that’s a testament to good leadership from the management staff and from the players as well."

West Brom travel to Arsenal on Thursday night looking to win for the first time in six weeks as they aim to clamber up the mid-table ladder and push for a top-half finish.

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