MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Try arguing against Tony Pulis now

South Wales Argus: New Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis is unveiled during a press conference at Beckenham Training Ground, Kent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 25, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Palace. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTR New Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis is unveiled during a press conference at Beckenham Training Ground, Kent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 25, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Palace. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTR

DOES anyone still want to argue that Tony Pulis is anti-football, or a poor manager or any of the other nonsense spouted about him?

For so many years castigated as some kind of Luddite halting the progress of the beautiful game and who “can only play one way,” Pulis has always been given a very rough ride by many sniping critics.

In a world of Brendan Rodgers’ and Andre Villas Boas’, clipboard managers who are more interested in social science than social clubs, Pulis is viewed as some sort of throwback who would make ‘beautiful games’ proponents like Brian Clough and Danny Blanchflower turn in their graves.

And as I’ve argued in this column many times, it is and always was total and utter rubbish. If you want to see a long-ball merchant, go and visit Bobby Gould or John Beck. If you want a terrific manager who understands the game brilliantly, talk to our Tony.

Of course there is an element of bias here in Newport for one of its prodigal sons and certainly, I can’t deny that regular contact with Pulis over the years has influenced me; he’s someone I can’t help but like and admire.

However, no amount of bias, nor indeed, any level of hatred towards Pulis for those at the other end of the scale, can cloud assessments of the job he is currently doing with Crystal Palace.

The facts, as they say, speak for themselves.

Crystal Palace, a club many stated were already relegation certainties when Pulis took control, are currently outside of the bottom three.

A club who looked shambolic at the back and incapable of scoring are now routinely winning, especially the crunch clashes against rivals at the bottom, like Stoke on Saturday.

Pulis was rightly heralded by every fan at Selhurst Park on Saturday and it is so thoroughly deserved, having transformed the Eagles in just a few short weeks.

If Palace stay up then Pulis’ legacy is absolute and unquestionably secured. Because Newport’s favourite son is nothing more or less than a quite brilliant football manager.

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1:32pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

I think the Stoke fans will point out results were slipping at Stoke and Pulis had probably run out of steam there. However, the 'long ball' tag was overstated. He achieved a lot at Stoke and you don't become a bad manager overnight - as he's proving at Palace with little resources. There will be plenty of Premiership and Championship chairmen that wish they'd given him a chance now.
I think the Stoke fans will point out results were slipping at Stoke and Pulis had probably run out of steam there. However, the 'long ball' tag was overstated. He achieved a lot at Stoke and you don't become a bad manager overnight - as he's proving at Palace with little resources. There will be plenty of Premiership and Championship chairmen that wish they'd given him a chance now. Thomas O'Malley
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3:03pm Tue 21 Jan 14

mep says...

If he changed his name to Pulissio one of the top clubs would take him!!!
If he changed his name to Pulissio one of the top clubs would take him!!! mep
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11:42am Thu 23 Jan 14

wally2606 says...

As a Crystal Palace season ticket holder I am so proud of the job that Tony Pulis as done since arriving at the Eagles. I really cant understand why he got the tag of a "long ball" manager because that is not the style I have watched since he arrived. Whether we stay up for the first time r don't it is too tight to tell, but one thing is for sure we will do it all fighting with Tony in charge
,Tony Pulis Red n Blue Army!!!! ...
As a Crystal Palace season ticket holder I am so proud of the job that Tony Pulis as done since arriving at the Eagles. I really cant understand why he got the tag of a "long ball" manager because that is not the style I have watched since he arrived. Whether we stay up for the first time r don't it is too tight to tell, but one thing is for sure we will do it all fighting with Tony in charge ,Tony Pulis Red n Blue Army!!!! ... wally2606
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