Experienced West Brom defender Gareth McAuley has insisted that his side are facing huge difficulties after sacking of Tony Pulis – he knows that they are deep in the relegation battle and there is a tough task ahead of them.
The Welshman was dismissed after failing to win a league game since August and was met by boos following a 4-0 home defeat to Chelsea in his final match in charge, according to Sky Sports. McAuley used to work with Pulis for almost two years and he is grateful to his former coach for the opportunity that he was given – McAuley also admitted that his teammates are insecure about who is going to coach them as Pulis was very popular.
The centre-back spoke about this situation and the current state of his club as he said: “We’re in a difficult place. The club have felt that there may not be a light at the end of the tunnel and they probably felt the change was the best way to maybe get a response.”
McAuley also added that Pulis is a very good coach: “He was good for me at the football club. I was signing one-year deals and he was keeping me here and he could have moved me on. It was good working with him and just the run of form that we’ve been on and the way it is in modern day football. You don’t get an awful lot of time to try to turn things around. We’ve just got to get together and move on from it.”
In the end, the Northern Ireland defender claimed that his team has got enough quality to be a good one to work with: “The players do talk about it but there’s been any number of names been thrown in there. It’s a great football club, it’s a great job and the squad of players that we have, I believe have the quality to not be where we are in the league. Whoever does come in has a good squad to work with.”