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West Brom boss Tony Pulis to be inducted into LMA Hall of Fame

West Brom boss Tony Pulis is set to be inducted into the League Managers' Association Hall of Fame.

Pulis becomes only the 25th manager in English football to have reached the landmark of 1000 competitive matches in the modern era. He will reach this milestone this weekend when Albion face Stoke City on Saturday.

LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson paid tribute to Tony's achievement: “It gives me enormous pleasure to welcome Tony to the LMA's 1000 Club and Hall of Fame. Tony's career in coaching and management began in 1992 at AFC Bournemouth.

"In the intervening 22 years he has managed in every division at just 8 clubs. He took Stoke City to the FA Cup Final and into the Europa League in 2011 and none of the teams he managed has suffered relegation."

Sir Alex Ferguson added: “My heartfelt congratulations to Tony Pulis on reaching this amazing milestone of managing 1000 professional football matches and subsequently entering the League Managers Association Hall of Fame.

“Knowing Tony as I do, and having competed against him on numerous occasions, I can say that without question Tony is a real football man. If you trace his career as a manager you will identify clearly his will to win and his relentless desire to improve all of the teams he has managed.

"It is safe to say that all of Tony's teams mirror both his character and attitude.

"Above all that Tony is renowned and respected for his warmth and forthrightness, welcome to the great Band of Brothers."

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