West Brom manger Tony Pulis defends his record as pressure mounts

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"Yes we're on a bad run and everything is determined by the next game".

But there was the sense of a manager approaching the endgame at his press conference on Friday as he went through his achievements. "And one of those is my hometown club Bournemouth, and everyone tells me what great football Bournemouth play and Eddie's done a fantastic job down there".

Chelsea return to the Hawthorns for the first time since they clinched the Premier League title their last season. He steered the team to a 13th-place finish that year, and followed that up with 14th- and 10th-place finishes in the last two seasons.

"We want to try and score". The Spanish striker has scored four goals with his head already and West Brom, surprisingly, have conceded the most headed attempts per team. Look at the league - there are four or five teams who have scored fewer goals than us.

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Yet the Premier League's survival expert has never been relegated in a 25-year managerial career and insists NOBODY is better qualified to steer the club out of trouble. Before I came, this club has fought relegation battles to the last days.

He added: "James won't play for the foreseeable future".

Tony Pulis' status as one of the most respected coaches in English football is based on his reputation for being a guarantee against relegation. Supporters have turned on the Welshman, particularly after defeats at Southampton and Huddersfield, and West Brom's board are facing a huge decision over whether to keep him in charge. The big problem with Pulis's football - as Stoke discovered towards the end of his reign there - is that everything is dependent on results, so when the narrow victories become draws and the draws become defeats, it is a fairly joyless experience.

West Brom had a net spend of about 30 million pounds ($40 million) last summer and enriched the squad with some trumpeted arrivals like Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak from Paris Saint-Germain, Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal, and winger Oliver Burke from Leipzig.

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