Friday 23 March 2018

Staying up is an achievement for West Brom - Tony Pulis

West Brom boss Tony Pulis took over at The Hawthorns in January 2015.
West Brom boss Tony Pulis took over at The Hawthorns in January 2015.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis insists his critics are in 'cloud cuckoo land' if they claim Albion's Barclays Premier League survival is not an achievement.

The Baggies chief has been criticised by fans for his style of play, while they have not won in their last eight games.

West Brom guaranteed their safety several weeks ago while Norwich and Newcastle were relegated to the Sky Bet Championship on Wednesday, joining Aston Villa who went down a month ago.

Albion are 15th on 42 points ahead of Sunday's finale at home to Liverpool and Pulis had a message for any doubters.

He said: "I'm absolutely delighted with the way we've done it this season because we're still in the Premier League. Anybody who dispels that as not being an achievement at clubs like West Bromwich Albion, they're in cloud cuckoo land and I really mean that.

"You look at Newcastle, you look at Aston Villa and Norwich, and you look at the traditions of those clubs.

"You can't take anything for granted at this level. It's been an unusual year from top to bottom and to get through it with quite a few games to spare, when you look back the victory against Manchester United was the one that took us to 39 points, that kept us up.

"So we did it quite a while ago. If you speak to most managers outside the top six or seven the important thing is first and foremost to stay in the Premier League.

" You just have a look at the three clubs that have been relegated."

Pulis has also met with chairman Jeremy Peace and the pair will sit down again next week to discuss his future, with one year left on his deal at The Hawthorns.

"We have had dinner together but we didn't discuss things, we'll have a little tete-a-tete but we'll do it after the game on Sunday so we'll get together next week," he added.

Darren Fletcher has been playing with a knee injury for the last six weeks but is expected to feature but James Morrison (hamstring), Chris Brunt (knee) and James McClean (back) are out, with Stephane Sessegnon a doubt.

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