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Pulis at odds with chairman - and in tune with the fans.

THE first question of the pre-Bournemouth press conference was whether or not Tony Pulis was "happy" with Albion's dealings in the transfer market.

There was no mention of chairman John Williams or what proved to be an inflammatory post-deadline day speech. Pulis (pictured) moved on to that subject of his own accord.

"Obviously you're going to go on to the statement that John made," Pulis bullishly replied. "The five players that John has said I was happy with - they weren't the marquee players I wanted to bring in.

"But we've brought the players in and we've got to get on with it.

"And there's all sort of different reasons why those players weren't brought in, but to try and say they were the five that I wanted, that's wrong.

"I've spoken to John about it and I think he accepts that."

Whatever fans think of the head coach, he was almost scapegoated for Albion's transfer window failings.

Pulis was intent on saying his piece - and he did exactly that.

Oddly enough, the sentiment of his comments will have struck a chord with supporters who, like Pulis, were left underwhelmed by some of the club's business.

Fans have given Pulis flak over his team's lack of adventure and excitement. But the Welshman has never, and will never, be more in tune with supporters than he was yesterday.

It's worth pointing out that Pulis went on to express a genuine fondness for Williams as a person and sympathy towards his predicament as a chairman joining a club in the process of a takeover.

"John's a good man," he said.

"I feel a little bit sorry for John, he's come in and been put in a position of being in the crossfire of a changeover of ownership.

"He's a good man, I'll say that.

"I've had real good conversations with John, I've got to know him, he's a decent fella.

"And he's desperate for the club to do well."

But as much as Pulis praised Williams he had already made his feelings known and his barbed remarks could have consequences.

The last thing Guochuan Lai, whose takeover is likely to be rubberstamped next week, is a rift between the chairman hand-picked by his predecessor, and the head coach.

Pulis reiterated that he wants to continue in the job.

"It's been a good experience for me and I want to get through it," he said.

He has another nine months on his contract and, after alienating many with his war of attrition playing style he is finally singing from a similar hymnsheet to the supporters.

Any more outbursts like yesterday, however, and you get the feeling it could all end on a sour note much sooner than that.

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