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Last Updated: Friday, 23 September 2005, 08:43 GMT 09:43 UK
Pulis confirmed as Plymouth boss
Tony Pulis
Championship strugglers Plymouth have confirmed Tony Pulis as their new manager to succeed Bobby Williamson.

Pulis, 47, returns to football for the first time since being controversially sacked by Stoke in June.

The Welshman began his managerial career at Bournemouth before moving to Gilingham, and he has also managed Bristol City and Portsmouth.

A club statement said: "Tony is an excellent, proven manger with a wealth of experience."

Meanwhile, chairman Paul Stapleton has paid tribute to Williamson's former assistant Jocky Scott, who is leaving the club after four games as caretaker boss since his fellow Scot's departure.

"The board would like to thank Jocky for everything he has done for Argyle," Stapleton told the club's website.

1992-1994: Bournemouth
1995-1999: Gillingham
1999-2000: Bristol City
2000: Portsmouth
2002-2005: Stoke City
2005- : Plymouth Argyle
"Everything has been agreed amicably with Jocky, and we wish him all the best for the future."

Pulis has appointed David Kemp, who managed Argyle between March 1990 and February 1992, as his assistant.

Pulis's first game in charge of Argyle will pit him against Southampton boss Harry Redknapp, who managed Bournemouth and gave him his first coaching opportunity.

Pulis spent two years as manager of Bournemouth before being sacked in August 1994.

He was appointed Gillingham manager in July 1995 and spent four years at the Kent club before leaving to join Bristol City in July 1999.

Pulis parted company with the Robins in January 2000 and became the second Portsmouth manager of Milan Mandaric's reign, succeeding Alan Ball.

His reign at Fratton Park ended in October 2000 and Stoke gave him the chance to revive his managerial career.

Pulis has forged for himself a reputation as a fire-fighting manager, with the ability to improve the fortunes of struggling clubs, working with a low budget.


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