Tony Pulis’ brand of football was deemed boring by a large number of Middlesbrough fans during his spell as manager at the Riverside.

The experienced boss has a reputation for being organised, old-fashioned and his sides have always been hard to beat.

Pulis’ time at Boro came to an end at the end of last season, and despite a lot of supporters calling for his head during spells of his tenure there, he had nothing bad to say about the club today.

Speaking on Goals on Sunday on Sky Sports today, Pulis said, as per a report by Teeside Live: “The football club was great. They have great people. I always talk about building a football club like a family. They are wonderful people and I enjoyed it.”

Tony Pulis. Photo by Simon Davies.

Their chairman (Steve Gibson) is a local lad and I enjoyed it with him and at the club. The second year was disappointing. It we had got to the Play-Offs, we would have had as good a chance as anyone to make the Premier League.”

When asked about the new Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate, Pulis said: “The club needs stability and someone who is given a fair run. Fingers crossed we might have a good up and coming new manager in Jonathan Woodgate. The most important thing for him is to believe his own eyes. They have to put themselves back into a position where they can be competitive first before pushing on.”


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