Pulis faces uncertain WBA future

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."

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