Tony Pulis will leave talks over a new West Brom contract until the end of the season as he first looks to oversee a strong finish to the campaign.
Pulis has guided Albion to 11th in the Premier League this season, 13 points clear of the relegation zone ahead of their trip to Manchester City on Saturday, and is happy to wait for talks over his future despite having little over 12 months remaining on his deal.
He said: “At the end of the season I’ll sit down with Jeremy and we’ll talk, we’ll talk about the season and talk about the future. That’s what I have done for years.
“Let me speak to Jeremy. The important thing is for us to finish the season as strongly as we can. I still have a year left, there’s no rush in doing anything else. I would prefer to sit with Jeremy and have a nice glass of wine and a bite to eat.
“Every club you go into you could say ‘you’ll like this to happen and everything else’ but, as I have said before, it’s a very well run club and I don’t think there are many clubs in the country who are run as well as this, financially.”
Albion go to the Etihad having reached the recognised safety mark of 40 points following last week’s 0-0 draw at Sunderland.
And Pulis said the struggles of local rivals Aston Villa – who could be relegated on Saturday – shows how well the Baggies have done.
He said: “We are delighted that, with seven games to go, we have 40 points. When you look at the bottom of the table and see Villa who are almost gone, Sunderland and Newcastle – it’s been such an eye opener to see those clubs in that position.
“They are massive clubs. Everyone outside will understand how difficult this league is and you should never take it for granted.
“This season has shown, irrespective of who you are and what your name is, if you don’t win games you’ll either struggle or won’t win the championship.”
Pulis has a couple of unnamed injury doubts, but James Morrison is closing in on a return from a hamstring injury while Stephane Sessegnon is back in contention after arriving late from international duty last week.