Tony Pulis is reported to be biding his time ahead of a return to management, holding out for the likes of West Ham or Southampton to offer him a route back to the Premier League.

The 61-year-old has been out of work since he was ​sacked by Middlesbrough in May, but was heavily linked with the ​Cardiff City job following Neil Warnock's departure. 

Swansea City v Middlesbrough - Sky Bet Championship

In a report first published in the print edition of The Sun, before being spread far and wide by ​the Boot Room and other outlets, Pulis is said to have rejected the Bluebirds' advances, believing better opportunities will present themselves in the near future. 

Pulis has previously coached in the top flight, to varying degrees of success, with Stoke, Crystal Palace and West Brom, most famously overseeing the bulk of the Potters' ten-year stay in the ​Premier League that ended in 2018. 

With two years having passed since his last match in the Premier League, he is believed to be interested in a return to coaching only if it can offer a route back to the top. 

Tony Pulis

That's where West Ham and Southampton come into the picture, as with both Manuel Pellegrini and Ralph Hasenhüttl's positions looking increasingly precarious, both clubs are named as being in Pulis' crosshairs.

Since joining from RB Leipzig last year, Austrian boss Hasenhüttl has struggled to turn the Saints' fortunes around, with the cub sitting second-bottom of the league as the one-year anniversary of his appointment approaches. 

Pellegrini, meanwhile, has overseen a dismal recent run for West Ham, who have taken two points from the last 18 available in the league.

Manuel Pellegrini

Whether either club would turn to Pulis in the event of a managerial departure remains to be seen, and his poor recent record means his appointment likely wouldn't go down particularly well with either fan base.

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