Tony Pulis set for new West Brom dealby Jack Kitson / 21 March 2017, 14:29Tweet
If it wasn’t for the supreme excellence of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte then, come May, there’s only one boss who would be clutching on to the Premier League Manager of the Year award: Tony Pulis.
Pulis, 59, memorably won the coveted award back in 2013/14 with Crystal Palace, despite only taking charge for the final six months of the season, as he rescued the club from the threat of relegation and propelled them up into 11th place.
Back in October the under-fire Baggies boss was the 3/1 favourite for the sack, yet he has since enjoyed a remarkable transformation, leading his previously struggling side up to 8th - which equates to top spot in the Premier League’s second table (teams behind the big top-7).
Last weekend Pulis conjured up a 3-1 victory over his old foe Arsene Wenger - the club’s eighth win in their last 10 matches at The Hawthorns, a stadium they have turned into a fortress since mid-November.
The Arsenal triumph means that Pulis has now accumulated a 63% win record at home to Wenger (including his time at Stoke), which betters that of Jose Mourinho over the Frenchman.
Pulis, who has never been relegated as a player or manager, has also never finished in the top-half of the Premier League, yet it would take a dramatic decline in form for him to fail to break this streak.
With nine games to play the Baggies (43 points) are currently 10 points clear of 11th placed Bournemouth, while they need only seven points to break their overall Premier League points record of 49.
Pulis is set to be rewarded with a new contract in the summer (The Telegraph) before he takes his troops on a pre-season trip to the Far East where they will do battle in the Premier League Asia Trophy.