Pulis refutes Stoke quit claims

Tony Pulis denied he could quit as Stoke manager and believes he should be judged on his entire spell in charge of the club.

Last Updated: 25/04/13 at 15:55 Post Comment

Latest Articles

Transfer news: Darren Bent not for sale, says Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert

Post comment

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says striker Darren Bent is not for sale ahead of the close of the transfer window.

Taider set for Saints exit

Post comment

It is understood Saphir Taider is set to leave Southampton just three weeks after arriving on a season-long loan.

All Articles

Tony Pulis: Keen to stay in charge of St

Tony Pulis: Keen to stay in charge of St

Tony Pulis has refuted reports he could quit as Stoke manager and believes he should be judged on his entire spell in charge of the club.

Speculation has surfaced this week that Pulis would quit City once the 40 -point target is reached, potentially as early as Saturday should the Potters beat Norwich at the Britannia Stadium.

But after meeting owner Peter Coates on Tuesday for lunch, Pulis insists no word was uttered of a potential early exit.

"We sat there for three or four hours chatting away about everything, and he never mentioned anything about whether I was leaving or not," said Pulis.

"If I was going to walk away then I would have told him by now, and I certainly didn't mention anything about walking away.

"This football club has been absolutely fantastic to me. The Coates family are wonderful, wonderful people to work for.

"My respect for them goes a lot further than just closing a door and walking away.

"People who know me know I'm not somebody who just walks off into the sunset."

Launching a vigorous defence of himself, given the criticism that has flowed over a wretched second half of the season he said: "At a club like ours you can have good times and bad times in the Premier League.

"For seven and a half years at this football club, I don't think I've done too badly, and I don't think the club has done too badly either.

"Do you get judged over a bad period of three months? Or do you get judged over a period of time?

"Everything is instant. Everybody wants results, results and results, and if you don't get them I understand.

"I'm big enough and experienced to know if you don't get results in this job then there is pressure on you, and you have to deal with that pressure."

But even if Pulis keeps Stoke in the Premier League for a sixth consecutive season, there has been speculation that his job at the Britannia Stadium is not as secure as it has always been.

Pulis, though, still sees his future at the club.

"There is still work to be done and other areas that can be improved," he added.

"I hope I'm the man to do it, but it comes down to the Coates family and myself getting together and talking about it.

"I've not said anything and the family haven't said anything.

"But if you're asking me if I'm happy, I've always been happy at this club."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Transfer news: Tottenham strike deal for Montpellier midfielder Benjamin Stambouli

Tottenham have agreed a fee with Montpellier for defensive midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, according to the French club.

Transfer news: Chelsea confirm agreement with AC Milan for two-year Fernando Torres loan

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will have a medical at AC Milan on Saturday ahead of an agreed two-year loan deal.

Europa League: Roberto Martinez happy Everton start and finish at home

Roberto Martinez is happy with the way the fixtures have worked out for Everton in their tough Europa League draw.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property