Pulis incident shows the need for suits
I HAVE long been an advocate of football manager’s wearing suits.
Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafa Benitez are all week-in week-out suit wearers and for me this is reason enough for all managers to follow suit.
But as the truth emerged from the Tony Pulis/James Beattie dressing room scuffle, Pulis showed once and for all why suits are the only outfit for any serious manager.
The only managers in the top flight who don the civvies on matchday are Pulis, Mick McCarthy, Owen Coyle, Steve Bruce, Gianfranco Zola and the-exception-that-proves-the-rule Martin O’Neill.
Five of those six managers currently sit in the Premier League’s bottom 11 and no manager has won the Premier League without suiting up first.
But if this evidence was not conclusive enough Pulis has tipped the balance further.
The story that emerged in the aftermath of Stoke’s defeat at Arsenal is that Beattie was shouting his mouth off in the showers about Pulis cancelling the players’ Christmas party.
Employees bitching about the boss is nothing new and with a suited manager the incident would have ended there.
But, as a tracksuit and cap wearer, Pulis was showering with his players, before changing into a suit for his post-match press requirements.
Aside from the disturbance caused by the thought of Pulis’ naked form, the manager understandably take issue with Beattie, one thing led to another and Pulis ended up naked headbutting his striker.
All subsequent commotion would never have happened if Pulis had simply worn a suit.
Let that be a lesson to football managers everywhere.