"It was difficult from the start.." Tony Pulis opens up on Sheffield Wednesday sacking
Former Sheffield Wednesday manager Tony Pulis has spoken for the first time about his brief managerial reign at Hillsborough.
The Welshman, who was sacked in the final days of December and presided over only 10 matches in charge of the Owls, touched on his time in the role when speaking on the Back of the Net podcast, put together by supporters of his former club Bournemouth.
Though Pulis went into few details, he did admit the failure of his time at S6 was partly his fault and suggested he was hasty in taking the job on.
Wednesday won only one of his 10 matches in charge before his was sacked on December 28. The Owls are yet to appoint a permanent replacement and are under the tutelage of caretaker boss Neil Thompson.
“It was difficult from the start, to be honest,” Pulis said. “We’d booked a holiday and because of the Covid it got cancelled. With the dark nights and everything else coming I thought ‘go on then’. It was one of a few job offers that I’d been given.
“I personally think Sheffield Wednesday is one of the biggest teams outside the Premier League. But it didn’t work out.
“That was my fault as much as it was anybody else’s fault. But I’m one of those people, if I don’t see it the way is right then I can’t do it. That’s just me and the way I am.”
Reiterating the size and potential of the Wednesday job, Pulis said that he was attracted to the job in part due to the connection friends of his had had with the Hillsborough club.
He said: “I had a major pull there in respect of Don Megson giving me my debut at Bristol Rovers when I was 17. Don was an absolute legend there. Gary is as well, they love Gary there.
“I spoke to Sam Ellis, Sam had worked with me for years and had played in the 66 FA Cup final for Sheffield Wednesday and he was exactly the same. So many people had said it was just there waiting to take off.
“But it has to be the right time and the right person in charge.”