Could Tony Pulis become the next Sheffield Wednesday manager?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 10 November 2020, 11:33

It’s been 18 months since we last saw Tony Pulis kitted out in his trademark tracksuit and cap combo, steaming along the touchline, roaring at everyone.

And truth be told, we miss him.

But now, we may not have to wait long for his return to management.

The veteran gaffer is being linked with a move to Sheffield Wednesday, bookmakers have slashed his odds to just 1/3, which makes him the new stand-out frontrunner to replace Garry Monk. 

After all, this outcome has actually happened before, when Pulis succeeded Monk at Middlesbrough three years ago.

BBC Sport journalist Ian Dennis even reports that the Owls are already believed to be in talks with three gaffers, and Pulis is one of them. 

Pulis has previously teased a return to management, and was reportedly even interviewed by the club prior to Monk’s appointment 14 months ago.

“I’m not so sure I’m ready for retirement,” he said last year. I think Debs has had enough of me already.

“I’m very open-minded about what to do. It was important I took a break. I don’t think anyone in football - and most probably at Middlesbrough as well - realised how difficult a job that was.”

It’s fair to say that reaction on social media to Pulis’ presence at the summit of the market has been mixed - just check out #Pulis on Twitter.

The 62-year-old’s football is definitely not for everyone. If Wednesday are hunting for a boss who employs a dazzling, attacking brand of football, then they should look elsewhere.

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However, there’s simply no arguing with his achievements in the game. Simply put: he gets results, gets teams organised, and doesn’t take kindly to anyone not giving him 100% week-in, week-out.

Pulis has accumulated over 1000 matches under his managerial belt, spread out over 25 years. He memorably led Stoke into the Premier League before keeping them there for five successive seasons. He even scooped the Premier League Manager of the Season award with Crystal Palace (2013/14). Then, in 18 months at Middlesbrough he recorded the highest Win % of his career: 43.75%.

Let’s not forget that he’s also never been relegated as a manager. 

It’s going to be interesting to see how this one pans out, but early signs indicate that Pulis is in with a chance of securing the eleventh job of his managerial career.

One fan has even suggested that Pulis could link up with former Sheffield Wednesday boss Gary Megson, who previously managed the club between 2011 and 2012.

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