Anthony Richard "Tony" Pulis (born 16 January 1958) is a Welsh football manager and former footballer who is the head coach of West Bromwich Albion.
Pulis obtained his FA coaching badge at the age of 19, followed by his UEFA 'A' licence aged 21 – making him one of the youngest professional players ever to have obtained the qualification.
Pulis took his first steps into management at Bournemouth, where he was a player/coach and then Harry Redknapp's assistant. He then took control when Redknapp left the club. He then went on to Gillingham before leaving in 1999 after a dispute with chairman Paul Scally. Pulis then had unsuccessful spells at Bristol City and Portsmouth before being appointed manager of Stoke City in 2002. He guided Stoke through a tough 2002–03 season avoiding relegation to the Second Division on the final day of the season. He spent two more seasons with Stoke before being sacked by Stoke's Icelandic board for 'failing to exploit the foreign market'.
With Stoke amongst the favourites for relegation upon their return to the top flight after a 23-year absence Stoke went on to comfortably survive and finished in 12th position. Pulis made history during the 2010–11 season as he guided Stoke to their first FA Cup Final after beating Bolton Wanderers 5–0 in the semi-final. The "Potters" lost the final 1–0 to Manchester City but had the consolation of qualifying for European football.
Pulis returned to management on 23 November 2013 joining Crystal Palace on a two-and-a-half-year contract. He guided Palace away from relegation, to their highest Premier League finish of 11th in 2013–14, which earned him the Premier League Manager of the Season award. He joined West Bromwich Albion in January 2015.
West Bromwich, United Kingdom
Date of Birth (Current Age)
Jan 16, 1958 (59)
Place of Birth
Pillgwenlly, Newport, Wales, United Kingdom
Licenses and Qualifications
N/A - AIFF/AFCA/UEFA
Honours and Awards
Football League Third Division runner-up - 1995–96 (Coach)
Football League Second Division play-off final runner-up - 1999 (Coach)
Football League Championship runner-up - 2007–08 (Coach)
FA Cup runner-up - 2010–11 (Coach)
Premier League Manager of the Season - 2013-14 (Coach)