Northern Ireland

Tony Pulis and Neil Lennon see funny side of Limavady United footballer's prank call

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Image caption Bolton Wanderers boss Neil Lennon made a quip about the telephone call to Tony Pulis

Football managers Tony Pulis and Neil Lennon have seen the funny side of a Northern Ireland player's prank call to the West Bromwich Albion head coach.

Limavady United midfielder Blain Morrison hoodwinked Pulis with an impersonation of fellow countryman and Bolton Wanderers boss Lennon during the chat on Saturday.

When the West Brom manager returned a phone message left by Morrison, the Northern Irishman coaxed him into believing Lennon was making a loan bid for central defender Gareth McAuley.

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Media captionTony Pulis: "Is that the real Neil Lennon?"

Pulis was not in the mood for letting the Northern Ireland international leave the Hawthorns, however, describing him as a "top lad".

Both football managers appeared on BBC 5 live with presenter Mark Chapman on Wednesday night, after the recorded telephone call became a social media hit.

Morrison had hoped Pulis would take the prank in the right spirit and both he and Lennon shared a laugh on the radio.

When Chapman introduced the Bolton manager to Pulis he replied: "What the real Neil Lennon?"

To chuckles, Lennon responded: "Tony, is Gareth McAuley available on loan?"

Morrison told BBC Northern Ireland's Good Morning Ulster on Thursday he was glad the soccer bosses had taken the prank "the right way".

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