Tony Pulis reportedly set to sign new contract: Has he proved doubters wrong?

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis is reportedly set to sign a new deal with the club.

West Brom manager Tony PulisWest Brom manager Tony Pulis

Facing calls to be sacked at the beginning of the season, after yet another frustrating transfer window and a couple of games worth of poor results, Tony Pulis has come a long way over the last nine months. Now sat in eight place, just nine points off fifth spot and a potential spot in Europe next season, Pulis has performed wonders with the Baggies.

Though his brand of pragmatic football isn't always easy on the eye, and has caused portions of the West Bromwich Albion fanbase to call for a change at times, Pulis' style is nonetheless effective. 

And now, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph, Tony Pulis is set to to be offered a new deal by West Bromwich Albion's new owners, in light of their excellent progress this season. The Baggies could well finish the season with their highest ever Premier League points total.   

The report suggests that Pulis is set for talks with chairman John Williams come the end of the season, looking to agree upon improved terms, signing a new deal less than 12 months after signing the previous.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony PulisWest Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

So has Pulis proved the doubters at the beginning of this season wrong? Football is, after all, a results business, and West Bromwich Albion look set to finish higher than teams such as Stoke City, West Ham United and Southampton this season. 

Pulis' style may get a bad name, but it hearkens back to an era of football that didn't prescribe to the kind of free-flowing, possession based tactics of people like Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp. Instead, Pulis is the ultimate pragmatist. A man who deserves more respect than he deserves, and someone who should be commended at turning two sides (Stoke City and West Brom) into safe, strong and solidified Premier League outfits.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis before the matchWest Brom manager Tony Pulis 

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