West Brom boss Tony Pulis reckons that any praise given to Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink is a bit premature, to say the least.
The Baggies take on the Blues at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, with the teams facing for the first time since Hiddink replaced sacked manager Jose Mourinho earlier this season.
Since then, the Dutchman has steered the Blues to five games without a loss in all competitions which has helped the club move away from the relegation spots in the league although they still sit in 14th place, three points behind Pulis’s men.
But ahead of the match, Pulis was asked about the praise Hiddink has received for supposedly turning the club around and his response was given in typical blunt fashion.
He said via The Evening Standard:
“To be honest, what’s been said is a load of crap in lots of respects.
“The fact Mourinho won the league by a country mile – to say someone’s come in and changed it and they’re playing better and doing everything else better.
“There might have been other reasons that things didn’t go so well this year.
“But to put Jose down is completely and utterly out of order. It’s disrespectful to Mourinho and also the players that won the league last year, because they played some great football.”
West Brom travel to west London following an FA Cup third-round tie in which the Baggies were forced to come from behind against Bristol City to secure a last-minute 2-2 draw, where as Hiddink’s men eased to a 2-0 win over Scunthorpe.
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