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Sheffield Wednesday’s reported pursuit of Tony Pulis a gamble

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According to The Sun, Sheffield Wednesday will reignite their interest in Tony Pulis if results do not improve under current caretaker boss Lee Bullen.

What’s the word?

A report suggests that even despite giving backing to Bullen, the Owls hierarchy are considering another approach for Pulis, who they had previously chased when Steve Bruce left for Newcastle a couple of months ago.

The 61-year-old didn’t appear to be keen on the job back then, but finances may have played a part because he’s a high earner.

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Pulis has been out of work since departing Middlesborough back in May after the club failed to gain promotion to the Premier League.

Wednesday sit 11th in the Championship table but have lost three of their last four matches, which has put the 48-year-old under pressure going into September.

Hit and miss

There would be both benefits and drawbacks to appointing the Welshman as their new manager.

The difference in experience could be the vital clincher on any deal seeing as Bullen has only ever been a caretaker in his managerial career – all three times coming at Wednesday in the past two years.

Whereas Pulis has managed nine different clubs dating back to 1992, including several spells in the Premier League – most notably with Stoke City.

However, his last two jobs have been far from inspiring.

He received the sack at West Brom, who at the time were still playing in the top-flight, after winning just 29.5% of his matches in charge – which at one stage led to fans raising concern over his ‘negative’ style of football.

And 18 months at the helm of Middlesborough in the Championship returned very little success as they missed out on the playoffs by one point.

As such, this move would very much feel like a gamble.

Although he’d offer far greater experience, his record dictates that results wouldn’t be guaranteed.

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