West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes his Crystal Palace counterpart Tony Pulis should be named the Manager of the Year for his work at Selhurst Park, Sky
The Hammers host the Eagles on Saturday with Palace going into the game on the back of a 3-2 win on Wednesday at Champions League hopefuls Everton. The result saw Palace leapfrog West Ham into 11th place, 10 points clear of the bottom three on 40 points, having had only four when Pulis was appointed in November.
“I think that it says a lot for the experienced British manager,” Allardyce said. “It tells you that while a lot of foreign coaches have been selected by other clubs, there’s enough quality and experience on your doorstep to do the job in this very difficult league.
“I think that he has proven beyond any question of a doubt his qualities as a manager. Contrary to what anyone says, his team does not play like his Stoke team did. There are some similarities, but he has a bunch of players who are different to the ones he had at Stoke and he gets the best out of them.
“That’s all you can do as a manager, work with the tools you’ve got and get the best out of them. Certainly he’s doing that at the moment. I think that fashionably it’ll be somebody at the top [who wins the award], but we’ll have to wait and see.”
West Ham are a place below their south London rivals, seven points ahead of another London club, Fulham, who are in the final place in the bottom three. Cardiff City and Sunderland round out the drop zone.
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