Pulis to resign Stoke post once Premier League safety is assured

Tony Pulis will bring an end to his Stoke City career once the Potters are confirmed as playing in the Premier League next season, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The newspaper adds that the manager was likely to leave the club at the end of the season anyway – but if Stoke are mathematically safe from the drop before the final game of the campaign, Pulis will step aside.

Pulis has come under intense pressure at the Britannia Stadium after a torrid run of results in 2013 dragged Stoke into the relegation battle. Having gone eighth by beating Liverpool in late December, only two victories since the turn of the year has pulled Stoke towards danger, with Pulis’ side currently 15th, six points clear of the relegation zone after beating second-bottom Queens Park Rangers last weekend.

A section of the Stoke support has been increasingly vocal at their displeasure over results, the style of play Pulis employs and some of the manager’s signings, while Pulis himself was said to be unhappy that the board declined to back him in January as he lined up moves for Darren Bent and Tom Ince, with Peter Crouch to be sold to provide funding.

Stoke have instead focused money on their academy and should Pulis leave after seven years in charge – his second spell at the club – a new-style manager would be on the agenda, the Mirror adds. Brighton’s Gus Poyet, former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo and current Arsenal assistant manager – and former Stoke player – Steve Bould are the names currently under consideration.

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