New West Brom boss Tony Pulis hoping to lose complacent approach

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

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New West Brom head coach Tony Pulis believes the club are in a relegation dog fight because they started to become complacent.

The former Crystal Palace boss took over the Baggies on January 1 just days after the club sacked Alan Irvine.

Since then, Pulis has managed to guide his side to back-to-back victories in both the FA Cup and Premier League.

West Brom moved from 17th to 14th with a 1-0 win over Hull last weekend and Pulis will be hopeful he can pull the club away from the wrong end of the table.

Pulis became West Brom’s fourth head coach in just 13 months following Irvine’s departure. The Midlands outfit sacked Steve Clarke, Pepe Mel and Irvine before finally turned to Pulis in the hope of staying safe this season.

Although the players have responded to his management in the first week, Pulis wants to lose the complacency within the camp.

He told BBC WM 95.6: “Have a look at the Championship and how many teams who had long periods in the Premier League.

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

“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.”

Pulis will be hoping to take advantage of Everton’s poor run of form when the two teams meet at Goodison Park on Monday night. The Baggies are priced at 4.67 to win, with the draw 3.20, while Everton are 1.84 to claim all three points with Dafabet.

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