Tony Pulis is a former professional footballer and the current manager of Premier League team, West Bromwich Albion. Pulis obtained his FA coaching badge at the young age of just 19. This was followed by him achieving his UEFA ‘A’ licence, aged 21, thus making him of one of the youngest professional players every to have obtained the qualification. Dedicating his life to football, Pulis had a seventeen-year career as a defender, where he played for multiple teams including the likes of Bristol Rovers, Newport County, A.F.C. Bournemouth and Gillingham. Pulis also had a short spell in Hong Kong with professional team Happy Valley.
Taking his first steps into management with AFC Bournemouth, Pulis went onto to become Harry Redknapp‘s assistant. Pulis then took control when Redknapp left the club. He later went on to Gillingham, before leaving in 1999 after a dispute with Chairman Paul Scally. Pulis then had unsuccessful spells at Bristol City and Portsmouth before being appointed the manager of Stoke City in 2002. Pulis then guided Stoke through a tough 2002/03 season, avoiding relegation to the Second Division on the final day of the season. Pulis spent two more seasons with Stoke City before leaving the club.
Pulis then spent the 2005/06 season at Plymouth Argyle before returning to Stoke. After narrowly missing out on a playoff spot in the 2006/07 season, Pulis guided the club to the Premier League in the 2007/08 season, finishing runners-up in the Football League Championship. With Stoke amongst the favourites for relegation, Pulis made history and guided them to their first ever FA Cup Final, after beating Bolton Wanderers 5-0 in the semi-final. They lost the final 1-0 to Manchester City but had the consolation of qualifying for European football.
In the UEFA Europa League, Stoke City were drawn against Croation side Hajduk Split and after two legs ran out 2-0 winners. After beating FC Thun, Stoke were handed a tough group containing Besiktas and Maccabiu Tel Aviv, which they managed to progress through, finishing in second position. Stoke‘s reward was a tie against Spanish giants Valencia, but despite putting a spirited second-leg performance, they went out 2-0 on aggregate. Stoke consolidated their position in the Premier League over subsequent seasons before Pulis departed the club by mutual consent. Pulis returned to management in November of 2013, joining Crystal Palace on a two-and-a-half-year contract. Pulis guided Crystal Palace away from relegation to their highest Premier League finish, 11th in 2013/14, which earned him the Premier League Manager of the Season award.
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