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Flashback: Tony Pulis takes charge at Middlesbrough

Flashback: Tony Pulis takes charge at Middlesbrough

On December 26th 2017, Middlesbrough confirmed the appointment of Tony Pulis as manager. 

The 61-year-old has spent time at a number of clubs throughout his managerial career, with Middlesbrough being his latest challenge as he continues to chase promotion at the Riverside Stadium.

Some supporters were over the moon with the club’s decision to appoint Pulis as the club’s new manager, as they took to the confirmation on Twitter to express their delight over the signing.

Tony Pulis’ managerial career started to take off during his time at Stoke City as he managed to ensure progression during his first stint at the club and even saved them from facing relegation. His second spell involved qualification for the Europa League, promotion to the Premier League and consolidating in the top-flight of English football.

Indeed, his time at Crystal Palace was also a success as he managed to save them from relegation and then helped them secure an 11th place finish in the Premier League. And, he managed to ensure consistency in the Premier League during his time at West Bromwich Albion as they finished 13th, 14th and 10th, before getting the sack in November 2017 following a poor run of results.

On the 26th of December 2017, Middlesbrough appointed Tony Pulis as their new manager.

Pulis got off to a bad start as Middlesbrough boss as his first match ended in a 1–0 home defeat. But, he did manage to secure his first three points in a 3-2 win against Preston North End at the start of January. This was the start of something quite special at the Riverside Stadium as he ended up taking Boro to a fifth-place finish.

However, they couldn’t quite make the most their play-off opportunity as they were beaten by Aston Villa in a two-legged tie, but he certainly made a statement during his first season.

Nevertheless, it comes as no surprise that some supporters were excited when Boro announced the major news that Pulis had been appointed as the club’s new boss, as he managed to secure a play-off finish during his first season and they’re in with a chance of securing an automatic promotion place this season.

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