He’s had quite the prolonged career, hasn’t he? Tony Pulis is currently in his 10th managerial post and judging by his career so far, it is unlikely to be his last.
Pulis is into double figures in a managerial sense, by making Boro the tenth club he has held the reigns across a 27-year spell in that side of the game.
The Welshman is in his first full season at the Riverside, having guided Boro into the playoffs and to the fifth spot in the Championship last year following Gary Monk’s tenure. Ahead of this campaign, Pulis was able to stamp his mark on the club by bringing in the likes of Aden Flint, George Saville and Muhamed Besic to name a few.
The side’s results have helped them retain a position in the top six for the majority of the campaign. Although they currently find themselves in the fifth position, they are without wins in four games and have lost the last three. That has allowed the top four to lift themselves away from the sides below them and a lot of the playoff chasers are now hot on Boro’s heels.
The results of late have surely raised questions regarding Pulis’ future and they are not the only thing that have done so. Everyone is aware of the style of play he brings, but it is the particularly negative system, put to use in the recent 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa, that has prompted uncertainty amongst sections of support.
The use of five-at-the-back has been more than common this season, but opting f0r four midfielders in George Saville, John Obi Mikel, Jonny Howson and Lewis Wing to support a lone striker was somewhat suspect. Often, to support the striker, Lewis Wing is used with another attacking outlet, which has been the in-form Ashley Fletcher lately, but even that was not the case with Howson preferred from the start, who is not exactly renown for his attacking presence.
Such tactics do not exactly send a positive message to the fans ahead of kick-off, but it will be interesting to see how he approaches Boro’s final nine games of the season.
At the end of the campaign, if he does not achieve a playoff spot, he will surely be sacked instantly. If Boro do make the playoffs, and they fall short once again, it would still not be surprising to see Pulis moved on in favour of a manager who could take them back to the Promised Land.
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