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Spotlight on Pulis ahead of 1,000th game in charge

22 September 2016

Baggies boss hosted lunch with game's top writers on Thursday

ALBION boss Tony Pulis is the centre of attention this weekend as he prepares to take his 1,000th game in charge.

Pulis is heading to his old club Stoke City and that only added to the interest as the football media descended on the Baggies’ training ground to put the Club’s Head Coach under the spotlight.

Apart from his regular duties with the broadcast, written and radio media, Pulis filmed a special interview with the BBC’s iconic Saturday preview show Football Focus while his captain Darren Fletcher was quizzed by Sky and Premier League TV about the latest member of the fabled 1,000 Club.

After all that Pulis hosted a lunch with the game’s top writers who quizzed for nearly about a career which now sees him enter the LMA’s Hall of Fame as the 25th manager to reach the four-figure mark.

"Getting to 1,000 games in management, and for the game to drop at Stoke, its amazing really," Pulis said. "When I come out of football I'll look back and think of my 1,000 games as an achievement. Now it's just the next game for me.

"I have been privileged and honoured to have managed a lot of clubs on the way to taking charge of 1,000 games.

“'It will be interesting to see out of the next generation of managers, how many do achieve this landmark.'

“The game has got much worse in respect of sacking managers quickly, everyone wants change now. To get the time and opportunity for young managers is very difficult

'It will be interesting to see out of the next generation of managers, how many do achieve this landmark.'

As for the Stoke game itself, he hinted that he may still make changes despite his side’s best win of the season to date, last week’s 4-2 victory over West Ham.

"Football is a funny old game," he said.

"We created better chances than we did against West Ham at Bournemouth and didn't score. I am thinking about one or two things before naming my team.”


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