West Ham boss backs ‘unfashionable’ Pulis for manager gong

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis has done more than enough to become Manager of the Year this season, as reported by A Different League.

The Eagles travel across the river Thames to face Allardyce’s Hammers today after overtaking them in the league in midweek and reaching the magic 40 point mark.

Allardyce is desperate to match Palace today but knows it will be a tough game.

Palace have massively improved under Pulis and are now all-but safe from relegation, so Allardyce feels the former Stoke boss should be recognised.

“I think that it says a lot for the experienced British manager,” Allardyce said.

“It tells you that while a lot of foreign coaches have been selected by other clubs, there’s enough quality and experience on your doorstep to do the job in this very difficult league.

“I think that he has proven beyond any question of a doubt his qualities as a manager. Contrary to what anyone says, his team does not play like his Stoke team did. There are some similarities, but he has a bunch of players who are different to the ones he had at Stoke and he gets the best out of them.

“That’s all you can do as a manager, work with the tools you’ve got and get the best out of them. Certainly he’s doing that at the moment. I think that fashionably it’ll be somebody at the top [who wins the award], but we’ll have to wait and see.”

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