New Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has won just two matches as a manager in all competitions against Tony Pulis – not the best omen for today’s first game in charge of the Black Cats.
Pulis will be Big Sam’s first opponent in the dugout as Allardyce’s Sunderland side travel to The Hawthorns to face West Brom.
The first meeting between the two managers in the Premier League ended in Allardyce being sacked as Newcastle boss after a 0-0 draw in the FA Cup in January 2008.
Pulis then became Allardyce’s first opponent as Blackburn Rovers boss when he took his Stoke side to Ewood Park. Allardyce came out on top that day, though, when his Rovers side won 3-0.
Big Sam had to wait more than four years and five meetings before his next victory over Pulis, a 1-0 win as West Ham boss at the Britannia Stadium in March 2013.
But since then has not recorded a victory over Pulis in four attempts, the latest being in the FA Cup last Feburary when his West Ham side were thumped 4-0 in the FA Cup fifth round.
Allardyce will be hoping to put his poor record behind him and get his new side off to the perfect start as they look to record their first win of the season.
Allardyce’s record against Tony Pulis (Premier League unless stated):
6/1/2008 Stoke 0-0 Newcastle (FA Cup)
20/12/2008 Blackburn 3-0 Stoke
18/4/2009 Stoke 1-0 Blackburn
28/11/2009 Blackburn 0-0 Stoke
6/2/2010 Stoke 3-0 Blackburn
2/10/2010 Stoke 1-0 Blackburn
19/11/2012 West Ham 1-1 Stoke
2/3/2013 Stoke 0-1 West Ham
3/12/2013 Crystal Palace 1-0 West Ham
19/4/2014 West Ham 0-1 Crystal Palace
1/1/2015 West Ham 1-1 WBA
14/2/2015 WBA 4-0 West Ham (FA Cup)
Overall vs Pulis: P12 W2 D4 L6