Tony Pulis leaves Stoke City after seven yearsby Jack Kitson / 21 May 2013, 15:13Tweet
It has been confirmed that Tony Pulis has left Stoke City after seven years in charge. This afternoon (Tuesday) reports surfaced stating that the long-standing Potters boss was due to leave the club following a meeting with chairman, Peter Coates, and he now finds himself out of the exit door.
Pulis' direct style of play has consistently been criticised, especially since the dawn of 2013 when results started to go against the club. Disappointing displays, especially at home where they are usually so strong, meant that fans started to turn on the under-fire boss. However, the Coates family remained adamant that he would stay until at least the end of the season.
Pulis took over at Stoke in June 2006 and won 120, drew 98 and lost 113 of his 333 games in charge. Highlights include leading the club up to the Premier League in 2008 and he recently secured their top-flight safety for a sixth successive season. In 2010/11 he guided them through to the FA Cup Final, only to lose narrowly to Manchester City, and then led them through to the Europa League round of 32 the following season. Pulis also previously managed the club from November 2002 to June 2005.
Attention now turns to his successor at the Britannia with Roberto Di Matteo the early frontrunner in the Next Stoke Manager Market. The betting is typically close at this early stage in proceedings, with the out-of-work Mark Hughes, Brighton boss Gus Poyet and Phil Neville all featuring.