Tony Pulis

Tony obtained his FA coaching badge at age 19, followed by his UEFA 'A' licence aged 21 – making him one of the youngest professional players ever to have completed the qualification.

He had a 17-year playing career in the game as a defender, including spells with Bristol Rovers, Newport County, Gillingham, and Bournemouth, where he played under Harry Redknapp.

He also took his first steps into coaching under Redknapp and after becoming his assistant, his first managerial job followed with The Cherries.

Spells at Gillingham, where he was promotion winner, Bristol City and Portsmouth followed before a first stint at Stoke between 2002-2005.He returned to Stoke in 2006 after one season at Plymouth, and guided the club to promotion from the Championship in his second season back with the club.

Pulis went on to make history in 2011 by guiding to Stoke to first ever FA Cup final. The Potters were beaten by Manchester City at Wembley, but qualified for the Europa League where they reached the knockout stages before losing to Valencia.He was named Premier League Manager of the Season in 2014 after guiding Crystal Palace to their highest ever top flight final placing of 11th.

In September 2016, Pulis celebrated the milestone of 1,000 games in management as his Baggies side faced former employers Stoke.

Pulis, who joined West Brom in 2015 and spent just shy of three years at The Hawthorns, has never been relegated during his time in the top-flight. He was inducted into the League Managers Association Hall of Fame in 2016/17.

A committed charity worker, Pulis’ previous endeavours for worthy causes include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, running the London Marathon and completing a 450-mile rowing challenge from Tower Bridge to the Eiffel Tower.

Tony was inducted into the LMA Hall of Fame in September 2016, upon reaching his 1000th game in football management with West Bromwich Albion against former club Stoke City.

Sessions by Tony Pulis

Supporting the striker

in Attacking

Encourage your players to make forward runs to support the striker. Also, use this session to make attacks lightning fast, with the focus on getting the ball to the striker as quickly as possible. MORE

Positive attacking play

in Attacking

Encourage positive play in your team… Any coach who runs this session will be guaranteed to see their players making plenty of crosses, taking all kinds of shots and scoring lots of goals. MORE

Mastering midfield

in Midfield

This session relies on the midfield four pressing around the halfway line. It involves movement up and across the pitch to intercept, and dynamic counter-attacking play. MORE

Scoring from crosses

in Attacking

This session is about scoring from crosses. Balls in from wingers contribute to more goal chances than anything else in the game, so ensuring that attackers make the correct runs is crucial at any level. MORE

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