Former Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has spoken out in defence of his time in charge of the team, pointing to the job he did under frugal financial circumstances.
In an interview with The Telegraph, the 61-year-old insisted that he performed well in his managerial tenure at the Riverside Stadium, citing his positive relationship with chairman Steve Gibson and saying that “the people who matter know the job I did“.
'The people who matter know the job I did,' Pulis reponds to his Boro criticshttps://t.co/c2G4uZSXeX
— Gazette Boro (@GazetteBoro) September 5, 2019
Teesside Live noted that Pulis had some critics during his Middlesbrough tenure and had previously spoken out against online vitriol directed at him and his players, saying: “It’s not making the world a better place, it’s making it worse.” [via Teesside Live]
Pulis told The Telegraph that 32 players had left the club during his time in charge from December 2017 to May 2019, saying that more than £50m had been recouped from the sales of Adama Traore, Ben Gibson, Patrick Bamford, Adam Forshaw and Cyrus Christie as Middlesbrough “cut their cloths accordingly” following relegation from the Premier League in 2017.
However, these Middlesbrough fans on Twitter were highly critical of the club’s former manager:
Clearly the fans don’t matter then!
— Karl Morgan (@Morgank2Karl) September 5, 2019
Obviously what he means is the fans and their views don’t matter
— Andrew Weatherhead (@anweathe) September 6, 2019
What a clown
— Thomas Miklós Watson (@MiklosWatson) September 5, 2019
did a great job sacked within 2 seasons, turned the fans against each other, brought the worst football to the riverside in years and finally spent spent lots of money on some very average players. We thank you Sir Tony#borolegend
— Matt Naylor (@mattynaylor12) September 5, 2019
Sold the players that could’ve easily been sold, overspent on Flint/Saville while moaning about the money spent by the previous manager, lost 6 in a row, sucked the passion out of the club, played with 5 CMs, yet still no McNair.
He did a lot to be fair
— Ben (@Strickland__Ben) September 5, 2019
The only thing Tony pulis was good at was praising Tony pulis
— Tom Bell (@tommyBmfc) September 5, 2019
Well I think he did a great job, leave him alone
Said nobody. Ever!
— boroborn1983 (@boroborn1983) September 5, 2019
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