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Pulis unveiled at press conference

2 January 2015

(FULL VIDEO) Pulis on everything from January transfer window to job titles

TONY Pulis was unveiled to the media at The Hawthorns this afternoon following his appointment as Albion head coach yesterday.

Here, in easy-to-read bitesize snippets, is what the club’s new man in charge had to say in his press conference.

Pulis on returning to management at Albion…
“It’s nice to be back in and I’m looking forward to really getting going. It’s the right club at the right time in lots of respects. I’ve got a decent record of going to places and helping them turn around. I think the fact the club has struggled, someone just told me they’ve only won four games at The Hawthorns in 2014, so there’s got to be something wrong that has to be sorted out. I was with the players yesterday and today, they’re a very, very decent group of lads and I just can’t wait to get going.”


On yesterday’s draw at West Ham…
“We were unlucky not to get the three points, especially in the second half when the game opened up and got stretched. There was just that little bit of confidence (lacking) in the final third, we had two or three fantastic opportunities to create and score goals and we either took an extra touch or someone wanted to play it to someone else to take responsibility. We’ve had a good talk about little things like that but we’ll really get into it next week. Our second game in three days makes it difficult to work with the players but next week is when we’ll really start our work.”

On the transfer window…
“The chairman has mentioned what he feels the position of the club is but as I’ve always said, I’ll do my business and then hopefully you guys will know, instead of trying to tell you what I’m trying to do and not trying to do. I’d rather just do my business and then we’ll talk about it after we’ve done it.

On having the final say over transfers…
“There’s been a lot said about the way the club has been run in the past and now with me coming in, how it is going to be run in the future. I think the most important thing at a football club is that everyone works together, irrespective of decision-making. Someone said to me, do you mind being called head coach? You can call me head bottlewasher if you want, titles don’t make any difference, as long as I know there’s specific responsibilities I’m in charge of then that’s not a problem, I don’t care what people call me.

On Premier League survival…
“Irrespective of my record, that’s by-the-by now, we’re out in the open and there’s everyone fighting to stay up in the Premier League. Just because I’ve walked through the door doesn’t mean we’re going to stay up, there’s got to be a lot of work, a lot of work being done, to make sure we do. To do that we need the support of everybody, this place - I’ve been here quite a few times and this place rocks when the support is really behind the team. We desperately need to get that going again.”

On tomorrow’s clash against Gateshead…
“I’m going to go upstairs again, it was a really good opportunity at West Ham, I went downstairs at half-time and had a really good chat as well as at full-time. I’ll have a little bit more time in the dressing room tomorrow. But I still want to sit upstairs and have a look.

On the FA Cup…
“The FA Cup means a lot to me as a person. I really recognise that supporters want to do well in the cups. I will try and win the game tomorrow, the team we will put out tomorrow is a strong team and a team picked to win a game of football, irrespective of who we’re playing. I have great respect for Gateshead and I certainly won’t be underestimating them and I don’t think anybody at this football club should.”

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