EXCLUSIVE: Tony Pulis among top names considered by Bristol City

Date published: Tuesday 7th July 2020 8:54

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Former Middlesbrough bosses Tony Pulis and Aitor Karanka are both on Bristol City’s radar to take charge at Ashton Gate, TEAMtalk understands.

Pulis is a former Robins boss, having left in 2000, but now the club want to replace replace Lee Johnson, who was sacked at the weekend.

A source has told TEAMtalk, however, that Pulis has made it clear that he wants an ambitious plan in place.

Pulis believes that if City are to reach the Premier League, they need to put a sufficient package together.

The 62-year-old wants more backing than he received in his last job at Middlesbrough, who operated on a restricted budget.

TEAMtalk also understands that Bristol City are also considering Karanka. However, like Pulis, he too is looking for a project that has backing.

City have told interested parties they are prepared to spend and, as such, are also keen on , and is ex-Brighton boss Chris Hughton and former Fulham chief Slavisa Jokanovic.

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Pulis, Karanka, Hughton and Jokanovic offer experience of winning promotion but the club are also looking at up-and-coming options.

One of the most highly-rated young bosses on their radar is Swansea’s Steve Cooper.

Coventry chief Mark Robins is also an option, having previously been on the club’s list of targets.

A source close to the situation told TEAMtalk: “The club know they need to get this right. The new man will have backing but will also have to deliver quickly.”

City sit nine points adrift of the play-off places with five games remaining in the season.

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