TONY PULIS will not be making a snap decision over his future no matters what happens to Middlesbrough’s play-off hopes in the final game of the season tomorrow afternoon.

Boro head to Rotherham tomorrow lunch-time knowing a victory could see them leapfrog Derby to claim the final play-off spot if the Rams fail to win their final fixture at home to West Brom.

The Teessiders would scrape into the play-offs with a draw if Derby were to lose by seven or more goals and Bristol City were to fail to beat Hull City, but the reality is that Boro have to win at the New York Stadium to have any chance of finishing in the top six. If Derby win, however, their result will be irrelevant.

If Boro were to fail to make the play-offs, attention would immediately switch to Pulis’ future as manager. The 61-year-old’s contract is due to expire this summer, and while there is an automatic one-year extension clause that would be triggered if all parties agreed, he has consistently refused to discuss his plans beyond the end of the current campaign.

That stance did not shift yesterday, with Pulis insisting he is yet to decide on his future. Whatever happens tomorrow, the Boro boss intends to sit down with Steve Gibson once the dust has settled to discuss his plans.

“Whatever happens on Sunday, I won’t be coming in and making a decision on my future,” said Pulis. “I’ll wait to have a conversation with Steve. I’m hoping he’ll take me out for something to eat, so we’ll see what happens from there.

“I haven’t made my mind up until I speak to Steve. If people want to take that a certain way, that’s up to them. I’ll be talking to Steve. I have tremendous respect for the chairman, as a chairman and a as a person. So I won’t be discussing it with anyone else – not even my wife at the moment.

“The supporters should realise how fortunate and lucky they are to have someone like Steve. My respect has always been for the person who has been doing all this, and that’s Steve Gibson. I’ll speak to Steve before I make any decision.”

However, whether he remains in charge or not, Pulis insists there can be no return of the ‘boom and bust’ mentality that saw Boro squander a fortune in the immediate aftermath of their relegation from the Premier League.

“We’ve got to decide which way we’re going to go,” he said. “There’s been a lot of money spent here, and it needed to change. Some people don’t see it, but you’ve only got to open your eyes to see what we’ve done this year and how we’ve done things.”