By Chris Wright
He’s already scaled Kilimanjaro and cycled from John O’Groats to Lands End in the name of charity but Tony Pulis’ next challenge will see the West Brom boss row from Tower Bridge in London to the Eiffel Tower in France to raise funds for a cause close to his heart.
Pulis has announced his intention to row as part of a fund-raising team from London to Paris after the end of the current football season (having hopefully kept the Baggies’ afloat in the Premier League by then) – a journey with a nautical distance of approximately 450 miles – to help raise money for Stoke-on-Trent based charity Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust.
“I have got an enormous association with Stoke-on-Trent and with that hospice and I couldn’t say no,” Pulis told ITV News.
“This year it’s rowing from Tower Bridge to the Eiffel Tower.
With all the stuff I have just jumped into, it’s going to be pretty tough.
“You have to go out of the Thames, go down the coast because the smallest part of the channel they won’t let small boats or gigs across because it’s so busy.
“I have never done anything like this. I have done two marathons, Kilimanjaro, John O’Groats to Lands End cycle but I have never done anything on the sea. It’s a challenge.
“Do I get seasick? I’ll let you know.”
What a man. Truly the Ben Fogle of the Premier League.