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          Former Stoke manager makes first attempt to win fans over

          New Wednesday boss Pulis sets out bold aims

          2020/11/18 14:58
          By Connor Andrews
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          New Sheffield Wednesday manager, Tony Pulis, has set out his vision for the club, hoping to quell fears over his football style, an erratic owner, and an increasingly distant rivalry with Sheffield United.

          Speaking of owner chairman Dejphon Chansiri who is now on his fourth manager in three years, Pulis said, "I've worked for lots of decent people in my life but if you have a look at the money and the finances this man has put into this football club, it's an enormous amount of money and the return should have been better.

          "It's my chance, my opportunity to step in, to look at the football club, to see what needs to be done and to be very, very honest with him.

          "I don't want to be a person that speaks to him just saying what the chairman would like, or other people would like to hear. I really want to be totally committed to being as truthful and as honest."

          And when questioned about rivals Sheffield United, and the extraordinary job Chris Wilder has done in taking them from League One to the brink of European football, Pulis feels Wednesday have been underachieving in the pursuit of their rivals.

          The 62-year-old said, "I think when you look at the football club and you look at it in respect of the enormous support they can get, the enormous following they can get, no disrespect to Sheffield United, but if you got this club into the Premiership it would be the biggest club in Sheffield.

          "At the moment we're not because Sheffield United are. What Chris (Wilder) has done, there's been five or six years' stability there and they have rewarded the stability that Chris has brought them.

          “If one day I could help Wednesday to the Premier League in front of a full Hillsborough, that would be my dream.”

          Pulis also has a reputation as an attritional, but successful coach, achieving huge success in turning Stoke into bonafide Premier League regulars, and taking Middlesbrough to the Championship playoffs in his last job.

          Addressing those concerns Pulis said, “I want to find a way that suits the team and play to that, I expect commitment from the players.

          “When I was at Stoke we had Peter Crouch and Kenwyne Jones up front with quick players like Jermaine Pennant and Matthew Etherington on the wings and we played to what suited those players.

          “At West Brom we had two little forwards so played through the pitch, which is what I like doing when you have the opportunity. The priority at the moment is to win some games.”

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