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Manager Tony Pulis Leaves Stoke City By Mutual Consent

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is set to leave the club, according to a report by The Telegraph.

Pulis has been manager at Stoke City since 2006, but the club’s supporters have become very disillusioned with the manager after a below-par season where the team seems stuck in their ways.

Telegraph reporter John Percy said today that Pulis is set to leave the club. However, the club hasn’t officially made any announcement.

It’s understood that Pulis has agreed to leave Stoke City by mutual consent after meeting with Stoke chairman Peter Coates this morning.

Since 2006-2007, Stoke City have spent at least £80 million in transfer fees, the seventh highest amount in the Premier League — and only £8 million less than Manchester United. However, Stoke City has little to show for it. Pulis’s success in the transfer market has been woeful with several flops, wasting a ton of the club’s money.

Now that Pulis is leaving the club, who do you think should manage Stoke City? And based on your recommendation for the new manager, do you think the club should change its playing style? And if so, how is the club going to do that with so many footballers used to playing a certain way? Tell us in the comments section below.

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  1. IanCransonsKnees

    May 21, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Well I’ve had my bets on his likely replacements.

    One the name I’ve been consistently told for nearly 3 months, the other an outside tip I got told yesterday.

    A Spaniard and a German.

  2. IanCransonsKnees

    May 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Not surprised to be honest. It’s been coming for a while according to my man in the know. He only really let slip around March time though.

    So far as I can tell it’s as much Pulis’ refusal to work with and adopt the academy system, after £12m+ has been spent putting the training facilities in place. If the chairmanship also changes then his only real supporter in the corridors of power is gone too.

    With regard to wasting money, that’s true. But we’ve had to play catch up after being out of the top flight for so long that the chairman was always happy to support Pulis in this way. Even doyennes like Ferguson and Wenger are guilty of this; Chamakh, Santos, Bebe, Djemba-Djemba, Jeffers, Taibi – it’s the nature of the beast. It appears to me that in the transfer market with Pulis it was always a case of less is more; Shawcross £2m,Begovic £3.5,Nzonzi £2m, Sorensen £0, Faye £2m, Fuller £0.5m, Delap £0.5m. Some with a resale value, others with none. All players who have been valuable to Stoke and helped them to the position they are in now, in one way or another.

    If a change in style is what’s sought then I would argue that Guy is correct when he says that we have players who are able to play more attractive football, it’s just that for whatever reason Pulis didn’t let them.

    In Pulis’ defence he’s done something that no Stoke manager did for 23 years, get us promoted. Then he’s defied the experts for 5 years, maintaining and building our status. If we go on to evolve, thrive and survive it will be down to the foundations he allowed to be laid. If we don’t then, for us, his way was the right way.

    I’ve seen the best football that Stoke have played in my life under Pulis, I’ve been to an FA Cup final and travelled around Europe watching my team. If you’d have told me that would happen 10 years ago I’d have had some of what you were smoking.

    He must have done something right for Stoke because despite the bashing we get from the snobs we still get talked about. Nobody is talking about our contemporaries such as Holloway and Blackpool, Hull and Brown, Burnley/Bolton and Coyle. Why? Because they were a flash in the pan, got all billy big bollocks, believed their own hype, and ultimately couldn’t hack it. That’s what we need to do whoever takes over, keep hacking it (maybe not so much on the pitch) and we’ll be alright.

    The consistent story I’ve been told about his replacement hasn’t wavered so I presume that Pulis’ departure has been agreed early on to get a good run at getting the new man in. Giving him time to set the club up how he wants it over the summer.

    I’d be happy with Johan Boskamp, he made Ian Holloway look boring and Swansea look like a buch of cloggers.

    • French Baguette of Love

      May 21, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      In all fairness, everyone fondly remembers Holloway’s Blackpool side. They were fun and they went for it. Full credit.

      • IanCransonsKnees

        May 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm

        But who’s talking about them now, today? Fond memories are second best to a holding onto your seat at the top table. For all the plaudits received at the time those teams had no longevity about them, Pulis (and I’m not his biggest fan) and the board deserve much more recognition for what they have built and achieved after such a long period in the doldrums.

        • French Baguette of Love

          May 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm

          I can distinctly remember at least 3 barnburner Blackpool matches that PL season. Have yet to remember a Stoke City match (outside of Shawcross destroying Ramsey’s leg). Impartially speaking, of course. Credit for keeping them afloat for so long, but let’s face facts. They didn’t wow anyone. Perhaps they made everyone grudgingly respect the grind it out atmosphere at the Britannia, but that’s it.

          • Guy

            May 21, 2013 at 7:33 pm

            No argument, which is why many fans will be glad to see Tony’s rear end, the future be damned!

          • IanCransonsKnees

            May 22, 2013 at 12:59 am

            The numerous victories over Arsenal do it for me. 5-0 at Wembley was pretty memorable too. Tearing Liverpool apart on Boxing Day this season was pretty good. My favourite was beating Man City in our first season up, playing with 10 men for over 45 minutes, the crowd made the City players shrink into themselves in their rage at the sending off. Definitely a you had to be there moment to appreciate the intensity of the atmosphere generated.

  3. French Baguette of Love

    May 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Great news. Absolutely dire tactician. Stoke City belong back in the annals of the brutal 80s.

    Now, back to the Championship with ye.

    • Guy

      May 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      Don’t think so. There’s money to be spent at Stoke. It’s not Wigan. We just need someone who will spend it more wisely and not pretend that “attack” is a four letter word.

      • French Baguette of Love

        May 21, 2013 at 1:19 pm

        You’re talking about a complete 180 in culture (and personnel).

        Let’s see what happens.

        • Guy

          May 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm

          We shall, indeed. Exciting times ahead in Stoke…for better or worse, but I’m thinking better.

  4. Guy

    May 21, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I was one of the discontented. Tony did a great job getting Stoke up and keeping them there, but lately he seems to have reached a point of complete stagnation. No evolution. No Plan B. Just hoof and hope. It even became painful for us fans to watch. I wish him well, but it is time to move on, even if that comes with a certain amount of risk.

    • Peter

      May 21, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      Id have to agree. Pulis was Wat we needed at stoke. A quality british manager who would united the team and make the Brit a fortress! Unfortunately for tp, stoke need something abit special in order to progress from the manager. Most fans wud agree tha stoke hav attacking quality with, Adam nzonzi crouch jones even Hugh so sell begovic and buy some decent wingers and quality cover. Good luck tp

      • Guy

        May 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm

        Bingo, Peter!

  5. brn442

    May 21, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Stoke is by far the most boring team in the Premiership.

    It’s probably 10x worse watching them live. Credit to Pulis for keeping Stoke out of relegation troubles but at what price? Good riddance.

  6. Marc L

    May 21, 2013 at 11:09 am

    “Since 2006-2007, Stoke City have spent at least £80 million in transfer fees, the seventh highest amount in the Premier League — and only £8 million less than Manchester United.”

    That is amazing. I guess I never realized/processed this. Yes, then, over that extended period of time it doesn’t seem like they got a lot of results.

    • Guy

      May 21, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      The figure is startling, is it not? One of the fans’ biggest complaints. Millions spent and F-all to show for it. Poor selection/poor utilization.

    • French Baguette of Love

      May 21, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      They bought a metric ton of striker detritus.

  7. Smokey Bacon

    May 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Rumour has it, he negotiated to keep his track suit as part of the severance package.

    • Marc L

      May 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Not to mention the rest of the ensemble. Props for getting that in before I could.

      • French Baguette of Love

        May 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm

        That hat has seen so much. And felt even more.

  8. Marc

    May 21, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Ian what do you think? Pulis had to spend money. Brought the team to Europe. Maybe going to Everton?

    • Guy

      May 21, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Everton fans would never accept Tony’s brand of football.

      • French Baguette of Love

        May 21, 2013 at 12:25 pm

        lololol, like Moyes played joga bonita.

        • Guy

          May 21, 2013 at 12:33 pm

          Yeah, but if Tony’s in charge Baines wouldn’t be allowed across midfield along with about 6 others. He’d employ Moron just like he did Crouch.

          • IanCransonsKnees

            May 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm

            He’d f*^king love a dirty b@$tard like Felliani though wouldn’t he 😉

            Orlando City could be his next post I’ve heard.

          • French Baguette of Love

            May 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm

            Fellaini was the thinking man’s Ryan Shawcross.

          • IanCransonsKnees

            May 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm

            Because his name’s full of vowels.

  9. Bobby

    May 21, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Stoke players were recruited to play the style they have been playing during Pulis reign and they will not be able to adapt to the attractive football their fans want so they are in my top 5 to be relegated. Having said that, I am glad he is leaving. I hated to watch any game Stoke played in.

    • Andrew Beck

      May 21, 2013 at 11:11 am

      Stoke has some players that can play a different style, they just won’t be doing it in the same position as Pulis used them. For instance, Geoff Cameron is a very good CB with the ball at his feet and can thrive in a possession based system. Pulis though used him as a RB or midfielder. Brek Shea also has experience as an attacking LB rather than a winger.

      • Guy

        May 21, 2013 at 11:51 am

        I agree. We have players who can play a different style. They just weren’t allowed to under Tony.

      • krazymunky

        May 21, 2013 at 1:08 pm

        Hopefully a new manager isnt bad news for our American players at Stoke

        • French Baguette of Love

          May 21, 2013 at 1:18 pm

          It can’t be any worse than Pulis. Brek Shea never got to see the pitch.

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