Anthony Richard Pulis is a Welsh football manager and former footballer. He was most recently the manager of Sheffield Wednesday. Pulis played for Bristol Rovers, Newport County, Bournemouth and Gillingham. He also had a short spell in Hong Kong with Happy Valley AA. His son, Anthony, was a professional footballer and played at Stoke.
About Tony Pulis in brief
Anthony Richard Pulis is a Welsh football manager and former footballer. He was most recently the manager of Sheffield Wednesday. Pulis had a 17-year career as a defender where he played for Bristol Rovers, Newport County, Bournemouth and Gillingham. He also had a short spell in Hong Kong with Happy Valley AA. His son, Anthony, was a professional footballer and played at Stoke. He has also managed Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion, Middlesbrough and West Ham United. He believes his time at Newport County was the start of his career in management. He is the father of former Stoke City player Anthony Pulis, who also played for the club and is now a pundit for Sky Sports. He won the FA coaching badge at age 19, followed by his UEFA ‘A’ licence aged 21 – making him one of the youngest professional players ever to have obtained the qualification. The Welshman was sacked by Sheffield Wednesday on 28 December after only 10 games in charge. He then returned to management as manager of Crystal Palace on 23 November 2013. He left the club shortly before the beginning of the 2014-15 season. In January 2015 he was appointed manager of West Brom. He held the post until November 2017, when he was sacked after a poor start to the 2016-17 season, culminating in his sacking. He later returned to Crystal Palace as manager until the end of the 2015-16 season, where he guided the club to their highest Premier League finish of 11th in 2013–14. On 13 November 2020, Pulis was named manager of MiddlesBrough.
He resigned from his post on 13 December after just one season in charge of the Championship club. He will not be able to return to the club for at least two more years due to a number of health issues. He previously played for Newport County before joining Newport as a playercoach in 1984. He made 85 league appearances for the Pirates before leaving to join Hong Kong club Happy ValleyAA in 1981. He spent three years at Dean Court before joining Bournham in 1989. He went on to become Harry Redknapp’s assistant at the club. In 1992, he was promoted to the position of manager of Bourn Cherries. In 1993, he spent two seasons in charge at West Ham after Harry’s decision to leave West Ham for Premier League side West Ham. In 1994, he moved to Newport County as player-coach. In 1995, he became Newport County manager. In 1996, he took charge of Newport County for three years. In 1999, he left Newport to become Bourncherts manager. He had unsuccessful spells at Bristol City and Portsmouth before being appointed Stoke City manager in 2002. He guided Stoke to the Premier League in the 2007–08 season by finishing runners-up in the Championship. In the 2010–11 season he led the Potters to their first FA Cup Final after beating Bolton Wanderers 5–0 in the semi-final. The Potters, however, lost the final 1–0 to Manchester City, but had the consolation of qualifying for European football.