Pulis faces uncertain WBA future

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Tony Pulis faces an uncertain time as West Bromwich Albion boss after being criticised by club chairman John Williams.

The Baggies made five signings this summer in Nacer Chadli (£13m from Tottenham), Matt Phillips (£5.5m from QPR), Allan Nyom (£3m from Watford), Brendan Galloway (loan from Everton) and Hal Robson-Kanu (free from Reading).

But a transfer deadline day move for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho failed to materialise after turning their backs on long-time target Ignacio Camacho from Malaga.

Williams has now hit out at Pulis' decision not to pursue the defensive midfielder.

Part of the statement from Williams read: "Our head coach Tony Pulis is very selective and particular about the players he recruits so it follows that the new team members will add significantly to his first-team options. Tony wanted five and we got five.

"That having been said, the one disappointment we suffered was not being able to add a further quality midfield player.

"We were a long way down the road with a deal, which for the second time in the window would have broken the club transfer record, thanks to the ongoing support of Jeremy Peace [the majority shareholder] and Guochuan Lai [the club’s prospective new owner].

"But it was decided for footballing reasons not to pursue this. Despite it being late in the window, we decided to pursue another high-quality target. Unfortunately, we were not able to get the deal over the line."