Tony Pulis vows to overhaul Sheffield United as he insists Wednesday are bigger club
Pulis has laid down the gauntlet to his Sheffield Wednesday players (Image: NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Tony Pulis has vowed to overhaul city rivals Sheffield United… and insisted Wednesday are a bigger club.
The new Owls boss yesterday revealed he spent an 18 month break from management studying historical leaders and a battle.
He went to South Africa to the site of the Rorke's Drift where 150 troops repelled 3,000 Zulus. He visited Corsica to celebrate Napoleon's 250 birthday.
And he studied antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, and his great feats of survival in the ice. “Unbelievable how they got out of that position in the wilderness!” he said.
Pulis says it was inspirational, and took the Hillsborough job because it's a mission of his own… to overhaul Chris Wilder's and reach the Premier League.
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“If I could take them to the Premier League, play United in a local derby at Hillsborough, that'd be my dream,” said the 62-year-old.
“The success United have had – spin it round and get it for us. That is the challenge I want, it's an enormous challenge.”
Pulis took the 11 managerial job of his career, aiming to bring “stability” and solve why Wednesday have plunged out of promotion contention in the last two seasons under predecessor Garry Monk.
Wednesday are currently 23rd in the Championship following a six point deduction and just six goals all season.
United are bottom of the top flight and facing a relegation fight with just one point.
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Pulis said: “We have an enormous following. No disrespect to Sheffield United but this club would be the biggest in Sheffield if we got into the Premier League.
“At the moment we are not. Chris (Wilder) has built United for up five years and got stability there. We need that stability.
“I'd love to place this club in a similar position, and take them to a similar position (as United) then I'd say to the chairman: Thanks very much I'm off. I'd still like United to be in the Premier League.
“If the club took off you'd get 40,000 people here. It'd be a special place. Talking about it and achieving it is different. You have to get lots of things in place. We have to turn it round and make Hillsborough positive.
“I am excited by it because of the size of the club. To try and get it above Sheffield United would be terrific.
“It is a massive club, a sleeping giant and a long time since it pushed off and they are in a precarious position. You don't get offered a job like this often.
“It is a club with a lot of potential. When I have managed against them, there has always been a massive following, and they always struck me as loyal and passionate.”
Pulis reckons Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri should have had a better return on the millions he has invested, especially after plunging out of promotion contention in the last two seasons.
He added: “It has not pushed on the way it should have. The chairman has put a lot of money into it. He got to the play-off final, play-off semi final then the last two years a big drop off.
“Look at the finances this man has put in. An enormous amount and the returns should be better.
“There are 23 clubs saying the same, they want to be in the Premier League. The Championship is a competitive league.”
Chansiri said: “He has experience, like Steve Bruce. Almost 30 years. I knew Pulis before and we had talked. He is a good coach. This time is the right time to get him here."