Tony Pulis says his record as West Brom boss stands up to scrutiny
Last Updated: 21/11/17 7:30am
Tony Pulis says his record as West Bromwich Albion manager stands up to scrutiny.
The 59-year-old was sacked on Monday after two wins in 21 games, which leaves the club one point above the relegation zone.
Pulis highlighted last season's 10th-place finish as a sign of West Brom's growth under his stewardship but accepted "expectations have risen" this season.
In a statement via the League Managers Association, Pulis said: "Over the last three seasons we have achieved a great deal and I am proud to have managed West Bromwich Albion.
"I would like to thank the two owners, Jeremy Peace and Mr Lai, the Board and fans for their support during my time at West Brom.
"Jeremy Peace and Mr Lai have played an important role in the off-field success and given the team a platform to build from.
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"My remit was to develop the squad and ensure we delivered results which would in turn improve the club's financial position. We have achieved this year on year and I am pleased to have played a part in the club's growth.
"Our final league position in the last three seasons has represented the accomplishment of our targets as a club; sustaining our status in the Premier League and delivering stability, throughout the club's transition of ownership."
"We enjoyed a fantastic season last year, finishing 10th in the Premier League for only the third occasion in Albion's history and finished as the top midlands team for only the second time since 1967-68.
"I strongly believe that this group of players can return to this level of performance and finish in the upper reaches of the Premier League.
"This season, expectations have risen and although we are disappointed with some of our results, one thing I would never question is this group's work ethic and application.
"The players and backroom staff are extremely hard working professionals and I would like to thank them for their efforts and wish them the very best in the future."