It was announced this morning that Middlesbrough have parted company with manager Tony Pulis after missing out on the Championship play-offs. We ask, therefore, would the former Stoke boss be a good fit at the University of Bolton Stadium?
Tony Pulis has regularly been a thorn in Bolton’s side since leading Stoke to the Premier League in 2008. The Potters, led by Pulis, became one of Bolton’s fiercest rivals in the league. The rivalry culminated in Stoke tragically relegating Bolton to the Championship in 2012.
During both Bolton and Stoke’s time in the Premier League, Pulis was regularly compared to former Bolton manager Sam Allardyce and not just for the way his team played. He brought Stoke up from the Championship, secured the club’s status in the Premier League and even took them to Europe don’t forget.
Sure, Pulis has always been bemoaned in Boro for a negative brand of football, quite similar to current Bolton boss Phil Parkinson. However, unlike Parky, Pulis has seen a bit more success with his Boro side, completing the double over Bolton this season and comfortably finishing 7th in the league.
Of course, as things stand, Phil Parkinson is still very much Bolton’s manager but if a change in ownership was to happen and Parky was to leave then Tony Pulis wouldn’t be a bad shout to turn Bolton back into the battling side they used to be. Unless of course, Big Sam is up for a return to the Reebok.