Tony Pulis ‘pleased’ with West Brom takeover and expects to continue in job

first_img1 Tony Pulis Tony Pulis does not expect much change at West Brom following the takeover of the club.There had been speculation that Pulis might leave the Hawthorns in the build-up to Thursday’s completion of a takeover by Chinese group Yunyi Guokai Sports Development Limited – led by Guochuan Lai.But Pulis on Friday declared himself “pleased” the deal was done and said he had no problems working under foreign ownership.It is understood that former chairman Jeremy Peace will remain available in a consultancy role while chief executive John Williams was announced as the new chairman last month.On the pitch, Pulis, who is in the final year of his contract, expects an air of familiarity to remain there too.“I don’t think the new owners will change too much from the way Jeremy has run the football club,” Pulis said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s home game against West Ham.“They’ve bought into Jeremy’s model so I don’t think there’s going to be a great change in the way the club’s run. I think they are going to try to run it on similar lines.“I’m pleased, the chairman and the new owner are pleased to get the deal done. It’s been going on for a while so they’ll be pleased that it’s all sorted and done.“The way it drifted and moved, you get involved in it, no question of a doubt. So it’s pleasing for everybody that we now know and we can move on from here.“I still think Jeremy is going to be involved a little bit. John Williams now has moved in as chairman so there will still be that continuity but obviously now the Chinese own the football club and are the shareholders so it will be interesting to see how it works.“I’ve worked under foreign owners before so I have a good understanding of how it works, both with Icelandic owners and Milan (Mandaric) at Portsmouth.”Asked if he had chance to speak with the new owners yet, Pulis said: “That will come, I think. What Mr Lai has done more than anything, and the people around him, is just concentrate on getting the deal done and getting it through.“John (Williams) is in today so I will sit down and have a chat with him later.”last_img read more

Lampard frustrated at treatment of injured Kante, expects tough Newcastle test

first_img“[Antonio] Rudiger is training outside with the physios which is a progression for him. He had a tough injury with some stop-start aspects to it which has been unfortunate for everybody but he’s outside now, which is positive.“There’s a bit of work to be done for him to get match fitness but it’s really positive for us that he’s back outside.”On Newcastle“I saw them at Tottenham put in some resilience, they have got templates to get results in that way. What can they do to hurt us? I expect nothing different.“It would be easy to look at us as favourites, it would be a casual mistake for us to make that a story. We have to control what we can control, can we create chances and to make sure that we are at our best.”On the Longstaff brothers“It’s  great story. The passion they showed after the Manchester [United] game. They care about their club and great credit to them.​” 2 Getty Images – Getty Joe Kinnear calls Yohan Cabaye ‘Yohan Kebab’ in hilarious talkSPORT interviewOn other injury news“[Mateo] Kovacic had a knock on his thigh but has trained the last couple of days so he’s in contention and Ross [Barkley] is also fit. But [Andreas] Christensen has a hamstring injury which will see him out for probably the next two weeks. Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has criticised France for their handling of injured midfielder N’Golo Kante during the international break.The midfielder, who will play no part in Saturday’s Premier League match with Newcastle, joined Didier Deschamps’ national squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey. Lampard has been speaking to the media ahead of Chelsea’s match against Newcastle “He then sat on the bench on the evening of the game, so that’s not communication.”Kante was also unavailable for his country for qualifiers in September because of injury.France coach Deschamps has previously suggested that Blues forward Olivier Giroud is not getting enough minutes at Stamford Bridge.Lampard added: “Before the international break, I know Didier Deschamps mentioned in jest a little bit about Olivier Giroud and that was obviously quite light-hearted and I get it, we all have our selection problems and he had his in the two games.Frank Lampard on talkSPORT: Mourinho text me after Man United thrashing“But the Kante one was not a laughing matter because we communicated before the last international break he was injured so couldn’t go. Let’s think what benefits the player, he didn’t go, we both agreed on that.“That’s how things should work.“I understand when players are on international duty they are their player as such, but it was quite clear he wasn’t fit to play.”Lampard also discussed other topics in his pre-match press conference, and you can read the best bits, below…On the international break“We were playing well and we have to hope that we don’t have short memories and that we can get straight back to that.“It was good to take a bit of a break, but we worked through it as well. I am champing at the bit to get back.”On incidents of racism during Bulgaria vs England“I think the big progression of Monday night is that the governing body have to take a big step.“The collective nature that England dealt with it was really good to see.  I spoke to the players there, they are strong boys. They know I am there to support them.“It’s a learning curve in all cases.”On Mason Mount’s full England debut“He tried everything to get into the game, he gave everything. I don’t really see much of me in him. We had different styles but I love his work ethic. ” 2 Kante has missed four of Chelsea’s opening eight Premier League games through injury Kante failed fitness tests ahead of each match due to a groin issue but still sat on the bench in Paris on Tuesday evening instead of being free to return to west London.“No, N’Golo’s not fit, he had a small groin issue in the warm-up to the first international game for France,” Lampard told a press conference.“We didn’t get him back until after the second game and he’s not fit for Saturday.“After the first game when he pulled out, he then had a fitness test the day before the second game, it was clear that he couldn’t play. 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