Tony Pulis pranked by Limavady United footballer Blain Morrison

By Ross McKee

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West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis was the target of the prank call

He may be known as one of the wiliest football managers in the Premier League, but West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has been outwitted by a player from Northern Ireland's third division.

Limavady United midfielder Blain Morrison hoodwinked Pulis with an impersonation of fellow countryman and Bolton Wanderers boss Neil Lennon during a prank call.

When the Welshman returned his phone message he coaxed him into believing Lennon was making a loan bid for Northern Ireland international defender Gareth McAuley.

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Limavady United midfielder Blain Morrison called West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis pretending to be Neil Lennon

West Bromwich Albion have confirmed that Pulis was taken in by the phone call.

During the call, Pulis was not in the mood for letting the Larne man leave the Hawthorns however, describing him as a "top lad".

Happy to continue the conversation, he hinted he would have a think about other options.

Now Morrison hopes the Baggies' chief has taken his prank call, which was recorded and is proving popular on social media, in the right spirit.

"I was with the team on Saturday night outside our social club and someone came up with a number for Tony Pulis, I rang him and I couldn't believe it when he called back," he said.

"I decided to pretend to be Neil Lennon because of the Northern Ireland accent and I asked about bringing Gareth McAuley on loan because he is a Northern Ireland player.


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Bolton Wanderers boss Neil Lennon

"I thought the call would last a few seconds and didn't expect it to last any longer.

"I hope Tony Pulis is not offended and sees the funny side and takes it in the right spirit."

Morrison, 27, says that despite being able to engage the top-flight manager in conversation he does not envisage being offered a career in full-time football.

"I don't think he is that desperate just yet," he joked.

A Tottenham Hotspur fan, he is still smarting from their defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday night prompting suggestions of another potential victim.

"I would like to do Brendan Rodgers, but with the accent and him coming from Northern Ireland, it might be too hard," he added.