English Premiership

Guardiola disappointed in Pulis sacking

2017-11-21 12:42
Tony Pulis (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is hoping to come up against Tony Pulis again in the future after seeing him sacked by West Bromwich Albion.

Pulis was relieved of his duties in the wake of Baggies' 4-0 defeat to Chelsea at the Hawthorns on Saturday, which continued their poor start to the season.

The 59-year-old departs with Albion just one point above the drop zone in 17th place after winning only two of their opening 12 games in the Premier League.

Guardiola is disappointed to have lost an "amazing" adversary, but admits it's all part and parcel of the game nowadays where results count above all else.

"First, I can say a big hug for Tony, like before with [former West Ham boss Slaven] Bilic," the Spaniard told a news conference. "Today, it is like this.

"When I was young, they said in England they respected a lot the contracts and the managers were never sacked. Now, it is so, so difficult. Wherever, it is the same. We have to accept that, we know that.

"Everybody knows when we don't have results... managers here can win the Premier League and months later they will be sacked. You have to work within that situation.

"I am really disappointed because I have a great relationship with Tony Pulis. Every time we went against West Brom he was an amazing man, so gentle.

"Always, we would drink a good red wine. Hopefully we can do it again in the future."

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Breaking News

Fixtures
Monday, 22 April 2019
Chelsea v Burnley, Stamford Bridge 21:00
Tuesday, 23 April 2019
Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 20:45
Watford v Southampton, Vicarage Road Stadium 20:45
Wednesday, 24 April 2019
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal, Molineux Stadium 20:45
Manchester United v Manchester City, Old Trafford 21:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2018/19 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.