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Pulis' strong will may have got him Owls axe: Laws



Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis


Tony Pulis

A clash of personalities could be behind Tony Pulis' shock departure from Sheffield Wednesday, according to former Hillsborough boss Brian Laws.

Pulis was sacked on Monday night only 45 days after replacing Garry Monk, having won one of his 10 games in charge.

Laws, who left the Owls by mutual consent in 2009 after three years as manager, said there appeared to have been a breakdown in the relationship between Pulis and club owner Dejphon Chansiri.

"Knowing Tony like I do, he's a straight talker and he hits you between the eyes," Laws said.

"He'll tell you the truth and if you don't like it, that's tough. Maybe it was too much medicine for Chansiri to take.

"But I always had in the back of my mind that Tony Pulis, he's very strong willed, strong minded, as much as Chansiri is, so it was always going to go two ways.

"It was either going to be a match made in heaven or it was going to end in blood and tears."

Chansiri, whose family owns Thai Union Frozen Group, is searching for his sixth manager in as many years following his takeover in 2015.

In November, the club's 12-point deduction for breaching spending rules was reduced to six points by the English Football League.

Former Barnsley boss Jose Morais, who worked as Jose Mourinho's assistant at Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto, has been linked with the vacancy.

Belfast Telegraph