Barry still learning from Pulis

Team of the Week – Matchday 12

West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry has praised manager Tony Pulis, stating that the Baggies boss is still teaching him new tricks.

The 36-year-old broke the Premier League's all-time appearance record last month, previously held by Ryan Giggs, with his 633rd outing in the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal.

Despite the vast experience Barry has accumulated over the years, playing under the likes of Martin O'Neill and Roberto Mancini, he has revealed that he is still learning from Pulis.

“All the managers that I’ve worked under have had a slightly different take on things and Tony is no different,” said Barry, according to the Express & Star.

“I knew his style and the way he liked to play and I wasn’t shocked by that. I’ve played against a lot of his teams.

“But the way he puts it across is something you learn and take on board.

“Tony really likes his teams set up nice and compact in a nice defensive shape, likes his team moving along in position.

“He takes things on to the training ground as he wants them on the pitch. Day by day I’m learning from him, but it’s still early days.”