Middlesbrough news: Tony Pulis wants to prove he is no relegation fighter | Football | Sport

The former Stoke and West Brom manager is renowned for keeping clubs in the Premier League but he wants to prove he’s much more than a trouble-shooter at Middlesbrough.

While Pulis is making no promises about winning promotion with Boro this season, he knows a good run in the FA Cup and success in the Championship will force the critics to see him in new light.

“You get pigeon-holed in life and have to accept that,” said the Welshman whose side face neighbours Sunderland in third round at the Riverside this lunchtime.

“I have been promoted out of every league in England, I’ve been to a Cup final with Stoke and the last throes of the UEFA Cup.

“I’ve not just spent my life at the bottom of the league fighting relegation.

“It’s a different job here and one that, given time, we can get our teeth into and push forward.”

Forty five years ago this month, Sunderland kicked off their Cup campaign with a new manager at the helm, charged with the task of keeping the Black Cats in football’s second tier.

Like the legendary Bob Stokoe, who famously won the Cup in 1973, Chris Coleman has been in the job a matter of weeks and been handed the same brief.

And the man who led Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 16 admits he is also dreaming of Wembley glory.

“In my career, I’ve seen the unthinkable happen,” said Coleman. “Football, being football, you never know what can happen.

“I’m not saying we are going to win the Cup but it’s exciting. We can go to Boro and win and stay in the division too.”

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