Stoke City manager Mark Hughes spoke of his bemusement right after Tony Pulis didn’t shake his hand at the end of West Brom’s nervy 1-0 Premier League win on Saturday.
Amid a raucous atmosphere, heightened by the return of former West Brom forward Saido Berahino, the two managers disagreed on many incidents throughout the game as James Morrison scored the only purpose.
Having said that, Hughes anticipated the difficulties to be place behind them after the match – but could not uncover ex-Stoke boss Pulis.
“I didn’t see [Pulis] to shake his hand,” Hughes told a post-match news conference. “I was around the touchline for pretty some time. He didn’t shake my hand prior to the game either.
“I would have believed, being a guest on the club, he would have welcomed me towards the club. Maybe he does not like shaking hands? I have no notion.
“With most managers, you have got moments of disagreements throughout games but, most of the time, you might have a beer afterwards and neglect about it.”
Pulis, though, brushed off talk of a rift with Hughes, claiming any snub was unintentional.
“I shook hands with Eddie [Niedzwiecki, Stoke coach],” he mentioned. “Mark was walking away towards their supporters – in order that was that.”
Meanwhile, Hughes added that he was not shocked by the hostile reception Berahino received in the dwelling crowd, and clarified that West Brom weren’t to blame for leaked details of a suspension served by the player when in the Hawthorns.
Berahino appeared soon after both Hughes and Pulis confirmed before the match that he had fulfilled an eight-week ban at West Brom, amid reports he tested positive for a recreational substance.
“[Berahino] knew the reception he would get,” Hughes mentioned. “He did not have a lot of of an impact and that was about our inability to pick the appropriate pass.
“We weren’t told by West Brom, in fairness, about [the ban]. There was some talk that West Brom had made us completely conscious – they didn’t, but we knew the situation they have been in. We knew sooner or later it would come out.
“[The reports are] most likely a disappointment for West Brom, also, mainly because clearly they had been able to retain the circumstance below wraps for seven months then it comes out two days before a game against his new club.”
Having said that, Pulis was keen to focus on his side’s efficiency, insisting Berahino is no longer of interest to West Brom.
“It was a huge game for us simply because [Stoke] are extremely close inside the table,” he mentioned. “If you look in the squad, they may be a top-10 side. It was a really excellent result for us.
“I thought we played actually nicely. The worst issue regarding the initially half was the half-time whistle. They had two chances, but I cannot recall too much more. We’re genuinely pleased because it really is against a club with a lot of decent players.
“I’m not thinking about Saido. I’m much more concerned about my players and how properly we played.”