It could be time for Middlesbrough to move into a new beginning, couldn’t it? Tony Pulis was appointed as manager at the Riverside nearly 18 months ago now but following Boro’s failure to reach the play-offs, his future should be questioned in the North East.
There is no denying that Pulis significantly helped Boro last season. Upon taking over from Garry Monk over the festive period, the club were sitting in ninth spot but in half a season, he managed to help turn their fortunes around to finish in fifth place, securing a play-off spot in the process.
Despite falling short in the play-off semi-finals, this season looked to be a promising one. Boro had spent a large period in the top six but the torrid spell of six losses in a row in March and early April proved costly in the end.
With Pulis’ contract up this summer and Boro needing to move forward, that poses the question as to what is next for the experienced manager?
Pulis told BBC Tees regarding his future: “I’ll sit down with Steve and let’s see where we’re going”.
There is obviously the possibility that following talks with Steve Gibson, the owner sees Pulis as the man to take the club forward and hands him a new deal. Not that we’d imagine all too many fans are hoping there is a positive outcome for the Welshman, that is.
Although, it seems now is the right time to look to someone with a different philosophy and new ideas to guide a handful of youthful Boro players into what could be a bright new period for them in which they could keep the fans excited by playing attractive, attacking football and pushing for promotion. That being said, it is easier said than done so it will undoubtedly still be a challenge.
Pulis is an expert in stabilising struggling clubs, having never been relegated in his career. So, potentially taking on a new job of a side that needs to be steered clear of the prospect of relegation could be a possibility.
Boro fans, what do you think the future holds for Pulis? What do you hope it does? Join the discussion by commenting below…
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