West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says Tony Pulis deserves award
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says Tony Pulis deserves to be named top boss.
Last Updated: 18/04/14 1:17pm
Palace only had four points to their name when Pulis took over from Ian Holloway on November 23 but he has led a spirited revival to steer them to 11th in the table and 10 clear of the relegation zone.
Palace's 3-2 win at Everton on Wednesday was their fourth in a row and has given them a tally of 40 points from their 34 matches.
"I think that it says a lot for the experienced British manager," Allardyce told West Ham's official website. "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."
And Allardyce hopes Pulis' lack of management at the top end of the Premier League will count for nothing when the awards are handed out at the end ofr the season.
More pressing for the Hammers boss is the chance to ruin the feelgood factor at Palace when the teams meet at Upton Park on Saturday, and send his own side up to the prized 40-point 'safety mark'.
"It depends really," he said. "I think that fashionably it'll be somebody at the top (who receives the award), but we'll have to wait and see.
"What I want to do is make Tony very disappointed on Saturday. They've overtaken us in the league, they've got 40 points and we want to make sure by the end of the game on Saturday that we've got 40 points as well.
"Then we can really start our planning for next year. He's done a great job and he should get the credit he deserves, but we'll be all out to beat Crystal Palace on Saturday.
"It's another local derby and one that we've got to try and win for everybody, including our fans of course."