West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis challenges David Moyes to lead Sunderland out of their relegation dogfight

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis has backed David Moyes to adapt to Sunderland’s relegation battle and replicate the success he enjoyed at Everton.

Sunderland find themselves embroiled in yet another relegation dogfight, sitting bottom of the table and without a win this season.

The Baggies will be hoping to travel to pile more misery on the north east club when they travel to the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

The Black Cats boss is without a win in six since replacing Sam Allardyce in the summer, yet Pulis has backed the 53-year-old to turn things around.

“You have to spend a long time working out how you’re going to get results,” he said. 

“You’ve got to play to your players’ strengths; you’ve got to work a system out that will enable that team to get points.

“Irrespective of how they play and don’t play the important thing as a manager is to give yourself enough time to push the team forward.”

The Scot enjoyed success in his first Premier League job, defying the odds to bring European football to Merseyside with Everton.

And Pulis, a veteran of relegation battles, has backed his counterpart to display the qualities required to beat the drop.

“I’ve a lot of respect for David and he’s joined a club that has to fight and scrap and work hard to get the points that’s needed to maintain Premier League status,” he added.

“I don’t think he had that at Everton at all. He built and put in place a club that was looking more at (the) top six than bottom six so this is a new experience for him, but he’s a top man, a top football manager and I’m sure he’ll get through it.”

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