desperately needs to keep Traore fit - and free from suspension - the same applies to the majority of his first-choice eleven.
But while Pulis
had the luxury of putting his own gloss on proceedings in his post-match Press conference, it was pretty clear to all inside the Stadium of Light who was left playing the stooge as McManaman celebrated his 96th minute equaliser by racing towards the Boro dugout and cupping his ear in the direction of the man who had managed him at West Brom.
The Welshman has only been in charge for 11 games but he's already given Boro the Pulis
stamp, both in terms of the business he conducted while the January window was open and the way he sets his side up.
Gibson is a big admirer of Pulis
and believes he would offer a bigger guarantee of promotion this season as the club are desperate to go straight back up.
is understood to be interested in replacing Pedro Caixinha.
Graham Murty has impressed as caretaker manager but support for Pulis
is growing within the corridors of power at Ibrox.
Some of the Albion faithful have voiced criticism about the way in which the Baggies play, describing the Pulis
style as boring and negative.
has significant support from key figures heading up the search for Chris Coleman's successor and sources close to the former Baggies boss say he would be interested in the Wales role.
is a figure who would prove divisive to the fan base, as would Giggs, but key figures on the FAW believe they need an experienced manager to take the team to the next level.
challenged the club to back him or sack him after the 4-0 home loss to Chelsea.
Anybody who's been on a run of games like we have, and we've been on a poor one in respect of results, you're going to take criticism," Tony Pulis
In fact, Tony Pulis
believes Shakespeare is in good company.