New Sheffield Wednesday boss Tony Pulis has remained tight-lipped about his contract at Hillsborough, despite reports suggesting he was committing to a long-term deal.
Garry Monk was fired last Monday and though a string of notable names were linked with being his replacement, Pulis was unveiled as the Yorkshire club’s new boss on Friday.
Ahead of his arrival journalist Alan Biggs reported that the Welshman’s appointment would be long-term and that he would sign a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Owls.
Speaking in his first press conference as Wednesday manager, Pulis addressed his contract but remained tight-lipped about details.
He said (via Yorkshire Live): “That is between me, the chairman and nobody else at this moment in time!”
Pulis has a strong record at this level, having been promoted with Stoke City and narrowly missed out on the play-offs with Middlesbrough, and his talk of taking the club to the top flight indicates that this is not just a short-term project for the 62-year-old.
His first target will be steering his side clear of relegation, however, as Wednesday are one place off the bottom of the Championship as things stand – due in part to a six-point deduction.
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Pulis has revealed little about the contract agreed between himself and Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri but his comments about promotion hint that he’s hoping to be at Hillsborough for some time.
That should please Owls fans as it indicates he’s coming into build a team rather than just steer the current side clear of promotion and collect a paycheck.
The Welshman’s first game sees him take on his former club Stoke and will be an interesting insight into how he’s going to approach things with this squad.