Pulis spoke with WBA boss, minutes before Spurs draw

Sacked West Brom boss Tony Pulis was on the phone to caretaker manager Gary Megson just 40 minutes before their dogged draw at Tottenham Hotspur.

In West Brom’s first game without Pulis – dismissed by the club earlier this week – the Baggies earned a 1-1 draw against high-flying Spurs after an impressive defensive display.

They could even have taken all three points after Harry Kane had to wait until the 74th minute to cancel out Salomon Rondon’s early equaliser.

Megson revealed that he spoken to Pulis almost every day since he was axed, and even rang him just before the game kicked off.

“I spoke to him today at 2.20pm just to see what he was doing, but in terms of input, if that was the case, Tony could have just stayed and kept the job and carried on!” said Megson.

“I’ve been with him now for the last four months, and we’re not suddenly going to change everything, we can’t, we haven’t got a big enough squad, we didn’t have enough time, and it would be a little bit disrespectful to say: ‘OK, whatever we’ve been doing for the last dozen games, we’re going to do something different.’

“There were maybe one or two tweaks, but nothing majorly different. Today we had a lot of good performances from players.”

Megson is in the dark over when a permanent replacement for Pulis will be appointed, but believes the draw at Wembley can be a building block to increase the one-point gap with the relegation zone.

He added: “In terms of the position we’ve found ourselves in, with what’s happened to Tony, it was a big deal trying to make sure we kept everything on an even keel, and come to a place that has been a bit of graveyard for teams here, most notably Real Madrid. They did remarkably well.

“It’s a strange thing to say but it’s something for the club to build on, even from this stage.”