Pulis calls for fans to unite

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has urged the club’s fans to back him, but says he can handle the criticism currently coming his way.

West Brom: Pulis calls for fans to uniteWest Brom: Pulis calls for fans to unite

Albion were knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Reading last weekend and are on a run of just two wins from 11 games overall.

Pulis has come in for criticism from some fans for the poor form and the former Stoke and Crystal Palace boss says taking flak is a part of the job.

“I’ve been in the game long enough to know that it’s there, it’s close to the surface, you have to get on with it,” he said in the Express and Star.

“If you look at the abuse, if you go back to the beginning of the season, that (Arsene) Wenger was getting, and the stuff that (Jose) Mourinho got. It’s something that as a manager you have to deal with and you have to put up with. It builds up and builds up.”

Pulis says incidents such as the coin that was thrown at Chris Brunt from the away section at Reading is an example of when the abuse and criticism crosses the line, but he says it’s vital for the fans to generally back the side and the players.

He added: “That’s fine – I don’t understand it – but if they’re going on computers and telephones fine, what you can’t do and what you’ve got to be careful of is allowing the incidents to build over to what it was on Saturday.

“We need the supporters, it’s their football club and we need them.”

Pulis is under contract at the Hawthorns until summer 2017 although there have been reports he could walk away from the club. He is set to hold talks with chairman Jeremy Peace at the end of the season to discuss his long-term future.

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