Tony Pulis turned down the chance to take over as manager of Cardiff City following the departure of Neil Warnock earlier this week, a report from a print edition of The Sun on Sunday (17/11, p67) has claimed.
It was announced on Saturday that former Millwall boss Neil Harris has taken charge of the club from the Welsh capital on a three-year deal, although it now seems he may not have been the Bluebirds’ first choice for the role.
According to the latest reports, Pulis turned down the chance to take over at the Cardiff City Stadium, because he is still keen on a return to managing in the Premier League.
It is thought that the 61-year-old believes he could snare a job in the top tier with either Southampton or West Ham, two clubs whose respective managers – Ralph Hassenhutl and Manuel Pellegrini – both find themselves under pressure.
Pulis has been out of work since his departure from Middlesbrough in May, having guided the club to seventh in the Championship last season.
Cardiff are currently 14th in the second-tier standings, with Harris’ first game in charge of the Bluebirds set to come away at Charlton Athletic on Saturday afternoon.
This is an interesting one.
The appointment of Harris doesn’t seem to have inspired a huge amount of positivity amongst the Cardiff faithful, and I’m not sure Pulis would have done either.
Despite challenging for the play-offs throughout the course of last season, Pulis’ style of play is not one that was all that popular with Middlesbrough’s fans, something you feel Cardiff’s own faithful would have been wary of, particularly given he failed to win the promotion the Bluebirds themselves will be aiming for.
With that in mind, you feel it could be difficult for Pulis to secure one of those jobs in the Premier League that he is apparently keen to secure for himself.