Tony Pulis: West Bromwich Albion had become complacent

Tony Pulis
Pulis has won his first two matches in charge of West Bromwich Albion

New West Brom head coach Tony Pulis says he was only brought in because "the club was starting to become complacent in lots of respects".

Pulis replaced Alan Irvine on 1 January when Albion, currently playing in their fifth successive season in the Premier League, were 17th in the table.

"Have a look at the Championship and how many teams who had long periods in the Premier League," said Pulis.

"What they did was take their foot off the pedal and became complacent."

Comings and goings at The Hawthorns
Albion were promoted in 2010 under Roberto di Matteo, who was then sacked as head coach in February 2011
Roy Hodgson kept the Baggies up before leading them to 10th in 2012, prior to his departure to take over as England manager. Steve Clarke then led Albion to eighth in 2013 - their highest league finish in four decades.
Following Clarke's exit in December 2013, and the short tenures of Pepe Mel and Alan Irvine, Tony Pulis is Albion's fourth head coach in 13 months

Speaking after Saturday's 1-0 win over Hull City, his first league victory since taking charge, Pulis told BBC WM 95.6: "We've got to shake the complacency off.

"It's not easy to do and we haven't got a lot of time to do it."

Having started with a 7-0 FA Cup third-round win over Gateshead, Pulis has now taken two charge of two matches in which his side kept clean sheets.

But they remain part of a bottom nine in the Premier League who are separated only by five points.

Albion know they must maintain that improvement, mindful of an end-of-season five-match run-in that involves home games against Liverpool and Chelsea, interspersed with trips to Manchester United, Newcastle and Arsenal.

Albion's next test is at Goodison Park next Monday night when they take on Everton, one of their rivals in the bottom half of the Premier League.

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