Thursday 22 August 2019

Tony Pulis believes foreign managers need time to adapt to the Premier League

West Brom manager Tony Pulis feels foreign managers need to adapt to the Premier League
West Brom manager Tony Pulis feels foreign managers need to adapt to the Premier League

West Brom boss Tony Pulis insists Swansea manager Bob Bradley must learn to deal with the culture shock of the Premier League.

The Baggies chief believes all foreign managers who arrive in England need to adapt to the top flight, including Manchester City's Pep Guardiola.

Albion host the Swans on Wednesday aiming to stop Bradley's side gaining any momentum following their 3-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday.

It was just American Bradley's second win in the Premier League after being appointed as Francesco Guidolin's replacement at the Liberty Stadium in October a nd Pulis feels it takes time to get to grips with life in England.

"I think you've got to be a bit careful sometimes," he said.

"For 90 or 95 minutes it's non-stop and that's what you get and why this is the greatest league in the world in respect of competition.

"Pep has come out with that quote about tackling (after Saturday's 4-2 defeat at Leicester) but I'm sure he didn't mean he encourages his players not to tackle.

"I think it's probably more that for him, as a coach with the teams he's worked with, possession is more important than tackling and I understand that.

"They get used to it and there has been a lot of successful foreign managers coming in.

"Pep will get it this year, going to grounds where there might be a 'give me' in Spain or in Italy, there's never a give me in England. Especially when the big clubs turn up, it's Cup finals."

Albion, who will be without the suspended Craig Dawson, will face in-form Fernando Llorente who has scored four goals in his last three games for the Swans.

Pulis previously scouted the 31-year-old but lost out to Juventus.

He said: "We watched him when we were at Stoke and when he was playing for (Athletic) Bilbao and doing exceptionally well there.

"We thought he was a very good player and someone who would suit us but he went on to Juventus.

"He picked Juventus instead of Stoke."

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