Tony Pulis is holding out for a managerial job in the Premier League and has set his sights on West Ham, according to reports.
As per the print edition of The Sun on Sunday (17th November, page 67), Pulis is hoping to get the West Ham or Southampton job. He is delaying his managerial return because he wants a gig in the top flight.
Pulis was most recently at Middlesbrough. He spent a season-and-a-half at The Riverside Stadium but failed to deliver promotion. Since Pulis left, Boro have plunged into the relegation zone in the Championship.
Pulis wants Premier League job
A host of jobs have become available in the Championship but Pulis believes he can return to the Premier League. Rather than take the Cardiff City job, the 61-year-old wants to take over at Southampton or West Ham.
Manuel Pellegrini is under pressure to perform at West Ham after a string of bad results left the Hammers in 16th place over the international break. Meanwhile, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton are in the relegation zone and recently lost 9-0 to Leicester City.
Pulis is renowned for his direct style of play, which he implemented most famously while at Stoke City. Using target man strikers and a direct approach, Pulis’ teams are notoriously hard to break down and effective from set-pieces.
West Ham do struggle from set-pieces but Pulis would undoubtedly be an unpopular choice. His style of play would be similar to Sam Allardyce and it might not get the best out of the flair players in the squad.