Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pulis Has Been the Best Boro Signing of the Year Insists Boateng

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pulis Has Been the Best Boro Signing of the Year Insists Boateng

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Byline: PHILIP TALLENTIRE philip.tallentire@trinitymirror.com @PTALLENTIREGAZ

MIDDLESBROUGH have made a lot of signings over the past year but George Boateng believes Tony Pulis may be the club's best acquisition.

The Boro boss has achieved a top six finish inside five months and can now plan for a Championship play-off semi-final against Steve Bruce's Aston Villa.

Boateng, who has played for both clubs, is a big fan of former Stoke and West Brom manager Pulis and backs him to keep Middlesbrough in the Premier League if he gets them there, whether it's this season or next.

"I've always said from the start it's a tremendous achievement for Middlesbrough to get a manager like Tony here because if you look at his record and look at the clubs he's left - as soon as he leaves the clubs seems to go down," he told The Gazette.

"Stoke the same, it happened with Crystal Palace, so for Middlesbrough to sign Tony Pulis was one of the best transfers they've done in the last 12 months.

"I'm not one of those that is going to give my verdict on Tony Pulis in just six months," he added. "Because I know how tough it is for any manager to come in mid-season, there's so much you have to change and I know this is not Tony Pulis's team. But he's doing his best with what he's got.

"In the summer there will be a few changes. There's a lot of interest in (Ben) Gibson, and there will be a few changes and then I think we will probably see the best of Tony Pulis's management.

"And the good thing about it is, because he's managed already in the Premier League, once Middlesbrough achieve promotion, it's not necessary that they have to get rid of Tony Pulis.

"What happens a lot with other teams is you have managers who are great in the lower divisions.

"Once they get up to the Premier League they can't cope with the standard.

"It's the same with players. Some players are great in the Championship but when they go to the Premier League they can't cope. …

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