Tony Pulis is a former professional footballer and the current manager of Championship side, Middlesbrough FC. An incredibly well respected and sought after manager, Pulis has enjoyed a wealth of experiences both playing and managing a variety of teams across the country. Tony Pulis is a very popular figure on the football speaker on the after dinner speaker circuit.
Dedicating his life to football, Pulis had a seventeen-year career as a defender, where he played for multiple teams including the likes of Bristol Rovers, Newport County, A.F.C. Bournemouth and Gillingham. Pulis also had a short spell in Hong Kong with professional team Happy Valley which provided him with invaluable knowledge of overseas football. Tony Pulis’ highlight of his playing career came while at AFC Bournemouth where he was a part of the team that won the Football League Third Division.
Tony Pulis obtained his FA coaching badge at the young age of just 19 followed by him obtaining his UEFA ‘A’ licence, aged 21, thus making him of one of the youngest professional players ever to have obtained the qualification.
Taking his first steps into management with AFC Bournemouth, Pulis went onto to become Harry Redknapp‘s assistant before taking control of the club upon Redknapp’s departure. Pulis later went on to Gillingham where he inspired the team to promotion in the Football League Third division and was named Division Three Manager of the Year as a result. Finishing runners up in the Division Two play off finals the following season, Pulis left soon after following a dispute with Chairman Paul Scally.
Unsuccessful spells at Bristol City and Portsmouth preceded his appointment as the manager of Stoke City in 2002. Pulis then guided Stoke through a tough 2002/03 season, avoiding relegation to the Second Division on the final day of the season. Pulis spent two more seasons with Stoke City before leaving the club to briefly join Plymouth Argyle before returning back to Stoke.
Narrowly missing out on a playoff spot in the 2006/07 season, Pulis guided the club to the Premier League in the 2007/08 season, finishing runners-up in the Football League Championship. With Stoke amongst the favourites for relegation, Pulis made history and guided them to their first ever FA Cup Final, after beating Bolton Wanderers 5-0 in the semi-final.
In the UEFA Europa League, Stoke City were drawn against Croation side Hajduk Split and after two legs ran out 2-0 winners. After beating FC Thun, Stoke City were handed a tough group containing Besiktas and Maccabu Tel Aviv, which they managed to progress through, finishing in second position.
Stoke’s reward was a tie against Spanish giants Valencia, but despite putting a spirited second-leg performance, they went out 2-0 on aggregate. Stoke City consolidated their position in the Premier League over subsequent seasons before Pulis departed the club by mutual consent.
Pulis returned to management in November of 2013, joining Crystal Palace on a two-and-a-half-year contract. Tony guided Crystal Palace away from the dreaded relegation zone to their highest Premier League finish, 11th in 2013/14, which earned Pulis the Premier League Manager of the Season award. However, Pulis left the club shortly before the start of the subsequent season, joining West Bromwich Albion where he reached the milestone of 1,000 games as a professional manager citing his extensive knowledge within football and in particular management. Most recently Pulis was appointed as manager of Championship club Middlesbrough where he still remains.
A brilliant football speaker, Tony Pulis has dedicated his life to the game, achieving many successes along the way. Pulis has a reputation within the game for achieving solid results on small budgets and also maintains the proud record of never being relegated as a player, coach or manager. Throughout his managerial career, Pulis has effectively used and instilled the long ball style of play with the teams he has managed. He is hugely respected in the game by his peers for his experience and his ability to secure safety for struggling clubs. A specialist football speaker, Tony Pulis was inducted into the LMA Hall of Fame showcasing his managerial prowess and incredible reputation. Tony Pulis is the perfect football speaker and is available to hire for any event or function.