Pep Guardiola has already redefined football once.
Now he is going to make you re-evaluate everything you ever thought about Tony Pulis.
West Brom sacked the man who lives in a tracksuit and cap this morning after a woeful run in the Premier League.
Four straight league defeats culminating in a 4-0 hammering in front of the fans by Chelsea signalled the end for TP.
But before you come to any conclusions about the kind of man Pulis is, listen to what Pep has to say.
It’s doubtful Pulis has ever been associated with the words Pep used to describe him, even by his mother.
Pep described Pulis as “an amazing man and so gentle.”
That is high praise indeed from a man who loves cuddles.
He offered a big hug for Pulis and wanted to make sure that his sacking wouldn’t get in the way of the pair sharing a bottle of wine in the future. Aw.
It’s a lovely gesture from one of the most highly rated managers in the world.
Despite Pulis’ brand of football being the antithesis of how Pep thinks the game should be played, Guardiola added that he respects how West Brom approach the game.
Although you could say he threw a bit of faint praise in there, saying: “Typical English teams with long balls, throw ins, set pieces.”
It’s hard to get the image of Pulis being gentle with Guardiola out of my head.