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Tony Pulis says talk of crisis at Chelsea is 'a joke'

Tony Pulis is wary of facing the reigning Premier League champions despite their slow start to the season.

Pulis knows his team face a tough challenge against Chelsea. Credit: Reuters

Chelsea travel to The Hawthorns on Sunday looking for their first win of the campaign after being humbled 3-0 at title rivals Manchester City last week.

The Baggies beat Chelsea 3-0 at home at the end of last season but, even after their stuttering opening, Pulis dismissed suggestions the champions are in trouble.

He said:

There's a crisis at every Premier League team. It is a joke what you just said. A crisis after two games? This isn't a comedy show.

They could have Pedro, (Diego) Costa and (Eden) Hazard playing, that's not bad is it? They're the champions and they deserved to win it. They were so far ahead of everyone.

We know it's going to be tough. To have Man City and Chelsea as our first two home games is very difficult, plus we have the window to deal with.

– West Brom manager Tony Pulis


Mourinho praises 'amazing' Pulis

West Brom manager Tony Pulis. Credit: PA

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has lauded the ability of West Brom boss Tony Pulis to get the best out of his players and teams.

Mourinho takes his Premier League champions to The Hawthorns for Monday's penultimate game of the season, with Albion safe after Pulis' arrival.

"If I own an English club, I sign Tony Pulis. It's as simple as that," Mourinho said.

"He's a guarantee to achieve what the club wants.

"He never managed a club that wants to be champion, he never managed a club that wants top four, he is always managing clubs that want to survive and want stability. Tony is mathematics. What the club wants, he gives.

"His record is absolutely amazing."

Tony Pulis leaves Stoke City after seven years in charge

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis. Credit: PA

Tony Pulis has left Stoke City after seven years in charge at the Britannia Stadium, the club has confirmed.

A short statement on the club's website said: "Stoke City and Tony Pulis confirm that they have mutually agreed that Tony will leave the Club with immediate effect."

Report: Tony Pulis set to leave Stoke City

Tony Pulis guided Stoke to a 13th place finish in the Premier League after a final day 1-1 draw at Southampton. Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Tony Pulis is set to leave Stoke City after seven years in charge, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The Welshman guided Stoke to Europe and an FA Cup final during his second spell at the club, having been in charge previously from 2002 to 2005.

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Pulis: Proud to be carrying the Olympic torch

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has spoken of his pride after being chosen to carry the Olympic flame through the streets of the city on Thursday.

This is an historic event for the whole of Britain and it is an immensely proud feeling to be able to say that you are carrying the Olympic torch as part of that build-up.

I am extremely honoured to be given the privilege of representing Stoke-on-Trent and to be among those offered this most prestigious of opportunities.