West Brom manager Pulis not expecting major changes after takeover

West Brom manager Tony Pulis before the match

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis does not expect major changes at the West Midlands club after their recent takeover.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis before the match

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis is not expecting wholesale changes at the West Midlands club after their recent takeover by foreign investors. 

Chinese-based investment group Yunyi Guokai Sports Development Limited completed their long-anticipated takeover of the club on Thursday evening, after weeks of speculation surrounding the matter. 

Now, with the deal finally having gone through and been confirmed by the club, under-pressure manager Pulis has voiced his beliefs that he does not expect too much to change in the foreseeable future. 

"I don't think the new owners will change too much," Pulis was quoted as saying in an interview with BBC Sport.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

"They've bought into Jeremy's [Peace] model. I think they are going to try to run it on similar lines. I still think Jeremy is going to be involved a little bit."

Peace - who is the former owner of West Brom, and current member of the board of directors - is said to have clashed with Pulis over the past 12 months, with regards to the clubs recent transfer activity, and success both on and off the pitch.

Despite now having relinquished his control over the Baggies, it is believed that he will remain at the club in an advisory capacity in order to help make the transitional period as smooth as possible. 

Former chief executive John Williams has also remained at the Premier League outfit, acting as the club's new chairman under its new foreign owners. 

West Brom fans outside the stadium before the match

With both Williams and Peace remaining at the club, speculation over Pulis' future has been rife - with the veteran Welsh manager having been linked with a variety of different jobs, including the managerial position at Championship side QPR.

Pulis was also said to be willing to hold showdown talks with the club's new owners however, but confirmed that there were still yet to take place despite the takeover deal now having been concluded. 

"That will come, I think." 58-year-old Pulis told journalists when quizzed over whether or not he had spoken to the club's new owners. 

West Brom are next in action against Premier League rivals West Ham at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon. 

West Brom's Darren Fletcher in action with Mddlesbrough's Stewart Downing

Both teams have started their respective seasons in a disappointing fashion, with the Hammers having taken only three points from their first four games, whilst the Baggies have registered a slightly better four points from the same amount of games. 

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