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Pulis: A 10-point guide to our head coach

2 January 2015

Tony Pulis: All you needed to know

* Tony Pulis gained an FA coaching badge at 19 - the UEFA 'A' licence was achieved just two years later, in 1979. In doing so, Pulis became one of the youngest-ever coaches to qualify.

* Pulis served his coaching apprenticeship under Harry Redknapp while still a player at Bournemough. He took over as Cherries manager when Redknapp left for West Ham in 1992.

* Pulis was instrumental in laying the foundations for Gillingham's rise to the second tier for the first time in their history - winning promotion from the basement division in 1996.

* In 2003, Pulis, then in his first spell at Stoke, pulled off a last-day escape from relegation.

* In 2008, after returning to Stoke following a brief stint at Plymouth, he steered the Potters to promotion back to the top division following an absence of 23 years.

* Stoke finished 12th in their first campaign back in the top flight, claiming 11th the following year.

* In 2011, Pulis led the Staffordshire club to their first-ever FA Cup Final - ensuring European qualification to the Europa League.

* Under Pulis, Stoke reached the knock-out stages of the Europa League in 2011/12, with the Welshman passing the 800-game milestone - 400 of which were specifically with Stoke.

* Following his appointment as Crystal Palace boss, Pulis revived the Eagles - taking them from bottom of the table to 11th, thanks partially to a five-match winning streak. He was named as Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year 2013/14.

* It is the second time in four years Albion have appointed an existing Manager of the Year - the last being Roy Hodgson in 2011.

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