Date: 24th February 2017 at 11:30am
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West Bromwich Albion chairman John Williams has backed head coach Tony Pulis to be rewarded with a new contract this summer given our year in the Premier League in 2016/17.

With West Brom sitting in eighth place in the Premier League table, Williams has been meeting with the press this week to discuss a number of topics and here the Birmingham Mail pick up on his thoughts about extending the deal of Pulis who is contracted at the moment until the summer of 2018.

The Welshman signed his one year extension back in October and Albino have gone from strength to strength since then and also importantly played some nice stuff at points.

With a top half finish likely with six home wins from seven, Europe is unfortunately unlikely – but you can’t have everything can you.

Williams explained.

‘I think he`s very good for West Brom. And it would be recommendation to my colleagues in China that, all things being equal, I would be more than happy to see his contract extended. It`s a relationship that`s working very well at the moment. I don`t know if I want to change too many of those ingredients because all of a sudden – you put the cake in the oven and the damn thing doesn`t rise.’

Williams went on to say that given the year we’ve had he can see no reason at all as to why Pulis shouldn’t be rewarded with another extension as again it’s about stability, and continuity as the club look to grow more again in the coming 12 months.

‘On that basis alone, I could see no reason why Tony`s contract won`t be renewed. It doesn`t have to be a five-year contract, it could be renewed annually for the next five years, it depends.’

With a summer disagreement over transfers, the Mail point out themselves the vote of confidence and his words are proof of a growing relationship between the two men, but Williams was quick to say that a conversation about contracts had not been had with Pulis as the focus remains on trying to achieve what would be his first managerial top ten finish.

‘Hand on heart, I haven`t had that conversation with Tony. Because it doesn`t feel like we need to have it. There`s loads of time. We have had family-orientated chats about where he sees himself, but the short-term ambition for Tony happens to suit the club as well because they dovetail. And that is what I want to lay this hoodoo of top 10. That would be rather nice.’

He ended by joking that Pulis might not want to extend his deal and might just want to enjoy life now.

‘A lot depends on what Tony wants himself as well. He`s the highest achieving manager at the moment, he wouldn`t mind me saying he`s not the youngest manager.’

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