EPL: Tony Pulis, Alan Pardew start 2015 with a bang

Former Stoke City and Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis who was signed by West Bromwich Albion last week, capped off 2015 with a pleasing 1-0 victory over Hull City. Same goes for former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew, who saw his new team Crystal Palace came from behind to beat high flying Tottenham Hotspur 2-1.

By Rajdeep Saha | Last Updated: Jan 11, 2015, 11:33 AM IST
EPL: Tony Pulis, Alan Pardew start 2015 with a bang

New Delhi: Former Stoke City and Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis who was signed by West Bromwich Albion last week, capped off 2015 with a pleasing 1-0 victory over Hull City. Same goes for former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew, who saw his new team Crystal Palace came from behind to beat high flying Tottenham Hotspur 2-1.

Both managers who have been assigned to get their respective teams to survive relegation, have started their stint on a positive note that will please everybody concerned.

Pulis and Pardew notched their second successive victory after winning their respective FA Cup ties in the third round fixtures. The experienced duo has brought a new sense of excitement in the Premier League and could be crucial to contribute towards their team's success in the coming time.

Both victories meant lot for the West Brom and Palace as they see themselves in the mix above the relegation zone for now. It will be a result to savour for both managers as the work has just started in a long road ahead.

It is nice to see both managers getting a new lease of life as Pardew looks he is finally at home, and Pulis who wasn't working since leaving Palace last year will relish the job at West Brom.

Earlier, Pardew replaced Neil Warnock, who was sacked end of December after a string of poor results. Pardew, who spent four years in charge of Newcastle United, managed 155 games winning 58 and losing 63. He had a winning percentage of 37%.

The manager was never a favourite with many of the Tyneside club`s fans and eventually jumped at the chance of returning to Palace where he spent four years as a player. After a difficult start to the campaign, Pardew won five games in succession with Newcastle but it did little to please the fans.

Owner Mike Ashley too didn't show much interest and allowed him to leave. Earlier, Pardew was offered a six-year contract with Newcastle in 2012.

Meanwhile, Tony Pulis was handed the job at the Hawthorns after former manager Alan Irvine was sacked. Pulis with a decent record in the EPL, fancied his chance with the Potters.

Last season, Pulis pulled off some extra-ordinary results with former club Crystal Palace to avoid relegation, and the board officials at Hawthorns identified him as a fighter who could repeat the scenario once again.

Youngster Saido Berahino was once again the master of Pulis' new team as the manager has expressed his desire to keep hold on him at the club to boost their survival chances.