West Brom boss Tony Pulis believes Claudio Ranieri is reaping the rewards of the work done by former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson.
Leicester head to The Hawthorns on Saturday fifth in the Premier League table and have only suffered one defeat in their opening 10 games, but Pulis was keen to stress that the majority of the credit should go to the man who was sacked back in June.
“Ranieri has benefited from all the work Nigel has put in,” Pulis claimed.
“It’s very, very nice to step into a football club where everything is in place and at that club it looks like everything is in place.
“Last season was a remarkable achievement and Claudio has picked it up and carried it on.
It’s difficult for me to say but let’s not forget the work Nigel did, the three, four years he was at that club putting them in a position for Claudio now to push.”
West Brom have steadily climbed to 10th position following consecutive 1-0 victories against Sunderland and Norwich City. However, Pulis is eager to improve their home form after just one win in front of their fans at The Hawthorns.
“You have to make sure you keep the boat pointing in the right direction and if there are big waves going over you then you are strong and steady enough to see it through,” he added.
Pulis also defended James McClean’s decision not to wear a poppy on his shirt this weekend, stating that people are entitled to their on views and opinions on the matter.
“James has got his views, we’ve got to be very careful,” said Pulis. “We accept in this country we all have different views, and we can all live together with different views… James has got a strong belief and that’s fine.
“Do I agree with it? Do you agree with it? We’ve got our own opinions. But that’s the way James is, and it doesn’t make him a bad person.”