West Brom manager Tony Pulis says that he can bring long term success to The Hawthorns if he is given enough time.
Despite sitting comfortably in 12th in the Premier League, the Baggies boss has been criticised for his side’s style of play this season.
Pulis’ men face West Ham at Upton Park this weekend, and go into the game having won three of their last five games, including a 2-1 win over Arsenal last weekend.
The former Stoke City boss guided the Potters to an FA Cup final and European football in a seven-year spell at the Britannia Stadium, and he feel that given the time, he can replicate that success at The Hawthorns.
Pulis said: “It was exactly the same at (Crystal) Palace, these clubs are very similar. They are clubs who have potential to be top 10 and better Premier League clubs and ones which can win cup competitions. That’s what you have to strive for but you need time.
“There wasn’t a problem last year, you lose games and there are people who are going to criticise. That’s the nature of the game. You have to understand that as a manager. If you lose games and things don’t go well you are going to get criticised.
“I don’t lose any sleep over it. I haven’t been in the job a year yet. I like the club and I enjoy the club. There are things which can be changed and improved but that doesn’t happen for a period of time.
When asked about his relationship with West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace, Pulis said: “There’s a big job on at this football club. I have a good relationship with Jeremy but you hope you get the opportunity and chance.
“That chance doesn’t come if you are losing games. You are always juggling as a manager. You have to win games to have a chance and opportunity to change things.”