The confirmation of the departure of Tony Pulis has been extensively, though not always, extensively dealt with by the national press.

And it was interesting to see what sort of posting the various journalists gave the ex-Boro manager.

First, it should be noted that fewer than a handful of journalists working for the national newspapers / websites regularly reported on games in Middlesbrough last season or attended press conferences prior to the Pulis game, especially outside the Northeast.

If the 61-year-old does not get in touch with his team and his field devices, this may possibly affect the perspective of his record in his 18 months on Teesside.

Pulis did not take the opportunity to remind journalists who attended his press conferences that he was behind the scenes busy sorting out the issues he had inherited when he took the responsibility, and eventually settling the books.

And that mantra entered the minds of many people who reported on Puli's farewell on television, radio, and in print.

His great work to keep Boro in good health should not be overlooked, but the fact that his spent money was not used effectively should not be taken into account.

Tony Pulis, manager of Middlesbrough, talks to the press

Although Pulis had to deal with an unbalanced squad, he was also tasked with gaining promotion within the timeframe of his 18-month contract.

And the quality of football that Boro played, especially in 2018/19, was rarely as good as the fans who spent a lot of money on tickets and travel.

Here is a taste of what the national press has made of its departure:

The guard

Middlesbrough's announcement that Pulis's contract would not be renewed was not surprising, as the team could not qualify for the play-offs of the championship. The club's confirmed exit from former manager of Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion proved to be extremely friendly and was completed on Wednesday at a dinner with Steve Gibson, the owner of Boro, in London.

Given that he had sold close to £ 50m worth of key players in Adama Traore, Patrick Bamford and Ben Gibson to adhere to the rules of financial fair play, Pulis could argue that Boro's seventh place – one point behind Derby, which is at stake Aston Villa in the play-off final – was hardly catastrophic. In fact, Gibson thanked the outgoing manager for leaving Boro in a "strong and stable" state.

Tony Pulis and Steve Gibson

But the pragmatic style of the 61-year-old, who was a pure, straightforward football, had alienated the fans, who desperately wanted to see the back of a manager who was generally considered an outdated tactician. As the months went by, the atmosphere became more and more venomous at home matches and fans often referred to the manager as "Jurassic".

The times

Steve Gibson, the owner of Middlesbrough, has reaffirmed his commitment to youth after deciding not to extend the contract of Tony Pulis as manager.

With the Sky Bet Championship club in "great condition," although they could not return to the Premier League, Gibson is looking forward to a fresh start with a new face in the Dugout.

Pulis, 61, and Gibson agreed this week that a change would benefit both parties. Middlesbrough failed to reach the play-offs, although fans were disenchanted with the style of play.

Gibson has led a campaign among the EFL clubs for more transparency in funding. He is determined that his club obeys the rules and makes use of his academy. Alumni like Marcus Tavernier, Dael Fry, Nathan Wood-Gordon and Djed Spence have played in the first team this season.

Marcus Tavernier (l), Billal Brahimi (c) and Djed Spence greet the crowd on the river

Daily Telegraph

Pulis led Boro to play-offs last season, losing just one point in the past six games this season despite five wins.

After succeeding Garry Monk in December 2017, he has raised more than £ 40 million with the sales of Adama Traore, Ben Gibson and Patrick Bamford.

The sun

Boro was confident that he would finish in the top six until a miserable series of six consecutive defeats in March and April eventually led to Derby County pipping for the promotional playoff lottery.

But the fans were unhappy for months, describing him as a dinosaur after a series of cautious in-house exhibitions and negative tactics on the street.

Sky sports

Tony Pulis has left his role as Middlesbrough manager after his contract with the club expired this week.

Boro decided to break away from Pulis after the club missed the Sky Bet Championship play-offs and ended their seventh season, one point behind Derby.

The club confirmed on Friday morning that Pulis's contract would not be renewed, ending his 18-month tenure on Teesside.

Pulis arrived at Riverside Stadium in December 2017 to replace Garry Monk at the top and try to get a high-priced squad back to Premier League after relegation.

Tony Pulis, manager of Middlesbrough

Daily mail

While Pulis was not universally popular with Boro fans, he just missed reaching the play-offs by one point and Gibson confirmed the work he had done.

The star

Pulis took over in December 2017, succeeding Garry Monk. Although its predecessor had extensive resources at its disposal, Pulis's mission was to cut costs.