Pulis open to coaching in Asia

Former Stoke City and Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has refused to rule out a possible coaching role in Asia.

Pulis, who has recently spent time working as a pundit for Astro SuperSport in Malaysia after leaving Crystal Palace, was linked with the vacant roles at Championship sides Cardiff City and Fulham, but he brushed those rumours aside.

“People have talked about all the jobs that I am supposed to get, but at the moment I want to experience a little bit of time off because the Palace job was very draining in lots of respects,” he told FourFourTwo Malaysia.

“However, I will speak to anyone who wants to speak to me and give them the respect they deserve before deciding whether to take the job or not.”

While he admitted he would relish a return to the Premier League, the 56-year-old did not rule out the possibility of coaching in Asia.

“This is the first time I came back to this region in a long time and I am enjoying it,” said Pulis, who previously had a short spell playing for Happy Valley AA in Hong Kong.

“The weather will be hot and sticky, but I think it will be very interesting to work here, as it offers a different culture and way of life from the Western world.

“Plus, if you look at the current trend, top managers are slowly coming to Asia,” he pointed out the likes of Marcello Lippi, Bryan Robson, Diego Maradona and Carlos Queiroz who all have been involved with Asian football in recent years.

"So, I will never say no to any opportunity, but I am not sure if my wife will be pleased [to move to Asia]!" he laughed.