The Dugout - 60 seconds with Tony Pulis

Wed, 02 Nov 10:41:00 2011

The Stoke City boss reveals that Gareth Edwards and Phil Bennett are among his big sporting heroes in our latest rapid Q&A session.

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If you hadn't been a footballer, what career would you have had instead?

I think my dad had put my name down to either go into the docks or down the steelworks, where he worked, so I would have ended up there most probably. You had to put your name down for those jobs then, a father would put in their first-born son quickly and hoped they got selected.

What was your first car?

Actually I didn't drive until I was 21. I keep telling my wife that I only married her because she could drive before me! She had a car, she came from the posh side of town. You didn't have cars where I was brought up!

What's the greatest song ever recorded?

My Way, by Frank Sinatra.

What is your TV guilty pleasure?

I do like watching old films. James Cagney, James Stewart, all of that.

If someone made a film of your life, which actor would you like to play you?

I don't think there's a man ugly enough to play me!

What's the nicest place you've ever visited?

Well, we love Bournemouth. We've been living there for about 20 years now. But if you mean abroad then my wife loves Bermuda. We've been there a few times, it's so quiet.

If you could throw a dinner party for any three people through history, dead or alive, who would they be?

Well, I would love to have my mother, my father and my brother, who have all passed away. But if you're talking celebrities then I would say Muhammad Ali would definitely be one. James Cagney would be great too.

What would you cook for them?

My wife wouldn't let me near the kitchen! If I cook then it would be pasta with a tomato-based sauce. Or maybe fish. I was brought up in a family of eight. We would eat whatever was put in front of us and I'm still doing the same now.

What is your favourite sport outside of football?

I love sport, full stop. Athletics, golf, cricket. I love rugby union. Gareth Edwards and Phil Bennett were big sporting heroes of mine in the 1970s, I loved watching them play. That's another great sport. I could sit down and turn the TV on, and if there was sport on all day then I would watch all day.

Crystal ball time - what do you think you will be doing in 2030?

I hope I'm still alive! 2030, in the job I've got? I just hope that I'm happy, and we're enjoying life the way we want to.

Tony Pulis was speaking to Yahoo!'s 'The Dugout' through its partnership with the League Managers Association