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Pulis hails Mourinho contribution

17 May 2015

Albion head coach prepares for Chelsea visit

REIGNING manager-of-the-year Tony Pulis believes Albion will be taking on this season's winner at The Hawthorns tomorrow night.

Jose Mourinho was complimentary about the Albion head coach during his press conference on Friday.

And Pulis, who was named as the outstanding Premier League during his spell at Crystal Palace last season, returned the gesture, claiming that the Chelsea boss would probably pip some other worthy candidates to this season's managerial prize.

He said: “It’s very difficult because it should be levied on what you’ve got: what you are allowed to spend, what you can spend and the money you are given in relation to other people.

“It is very easy to keep going for people at the top of the table who’ve got the most money, the best squads, the best facilities and everything else.

“If you look at the people below there are the likes of Garry Monk at Swansea who rightfully should come into it.

“Look at Sean Dyche at Burnley - he kept it going until the last two games. Nobody thought he would do that and they’ve got the smallest budget in the league. He spent the least amount but kept them competitive all season. They have been competitive and they have been a real credit to him as an individual.

“Have a look what Nigel Pearson has done over the last couple of months and the results that they’ve had. It is all relevant.

“But, for me personally, I think winning the Championship, week-in, week-out and getting good players to perform the way Mourinho has...if it is a football match they are good enough to play against the best teams. If it is a battle, they are good enough to battle against the stronger teams as well. So he’s got to be very close.

“He knew well into last season what he needed. He has got an edge, a real edge to him. The edge is that he wants to win and he knows how to win. He knows how to put together a team that can win and he demands winning. 

"I have never seen him work as a coach but I know Steve Holland from Stoke and I know he is a good coach and is a student of the game and Steve thinks he isn’t just an outstanding person and a man-manager but also an outstanding coach - those two put together obviously gives him that edge. Whatever you have got, you have got to want to win and he is a driven person, relentless is a great word and I think you can put that next to his name.”

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