Sunday 23 October 2016

Tony Pulis honoured to take his place in LMA Hall of Fame

Published 22/09/2016 | 11:41

Tony Pulis will be inducted into the LMA Hall of Fame at the end of the season
Tony Pulis will be inducted into the LMA Hall of Fame at the end of the season

Tony Pulis has described it as an "honour" and a "privilege" to be inducted into the League Managers Association Hall of Fame in recognition of 1,000 games as a manager.

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The West Brom head coach, 58, will reach the milestone on Saturday when his Albion side travel to face his former club Stoke in the Premier League.

He will become only the 25th manager in English football to achieve the feat in the modern era, joining an illustrious list of names which includes the likes of Sir Matt Busby, Brian Clough, Sir Alex Ferguson, Dario Gradi and Sir Bobby Robson.

Pulis will receive a special award at the 25th LMA Annual Awards Dinner in May next year when he will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame.

He said: "It is such a privilege to be able to work throughout your career in a sport that you absolutely love. The role of a football manager can be both an exciting and challenging one.

"My journey so far, from those early days as a player to where I am now as a manager has been a wonderful and enjoyable experience.

"I am fortunate to have worked with some terrific owners, chairmen, coaching staff and players and met so many supporters who are so passionate about their football clubs.

"I am extremely proud to be reaching 1000 matches as a football manager this weekend and honoured to be joining an elite group of managers who have already reached the 1000 match career milestone.

"The League Managers Association is a thoroughly professional organisation and an integral part of the game, so to be honoured by them and inducted into the LMA Hall of Fame is a very special moment in my career."

Pulis began his managerial career as successor to Harry Redknapp at Bournemouth and moved on to Gillingham where he achieved promotion from the Third Division.

Short spells at Bristol City and Portsmouth preceded his first spell in charge of Stoke before a brief stint at Plymouth and a return to Stoke, who he guided to the Premier League in 2008 where the club have remained since.

In November 2013, Pulis was appointed manager of Crystal Palace and saved the Eagles from relegation before steering them to an 11th-placed finish in the Premier League the following season.

The Welshman has been head coach of West Brom since New Year's Day 2015 and he will become the fifth Baggies boss to enter the Hall of Fame, alongside Roy Hodgson, Ron Atkinson, Alan Buckley and Denis Smith. Former Albion player Sir Bobby Robson is also in the '1,000 Club'.

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