Stoke seek new direction after Pulis departure

Tony Pulis was sacked by Stoke City chairman Peter Coates on Tuesday, the Daily Telegraph has claimed, with the Potters looking for a young, fresh manager to take the team forward.

Pulis was intending to speak with Coates about the club’s summer transfer budget and other preparations for the new season but was instead told his time at the Britannia Ground was at an end, following speculation Pulis would be on the move that was never dismissed by Coates.

The chairman had only said he did not want to discuss the manager’s future while the club’s Premier League status was in doubt and, despite the wording of the official statement claiming the departure was mutual, Pulis is said to have been caught out by the chairman’s decision.

Among the names Stoke will consider to replace Pulis are Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez, Brighton and Hove Albion’s Gus Poyet, Celtic manager Neil Lennon and former Stoke defender Steve Bould, currently assistant manager at Arsenal. Phil Neville, the former Everton captain, could be appointed as first team coach.

The search for a new boss will be over seen by the board and Mark Cartwright, the club’s recently appointed technical director – a hire not welcomed by Pulis, the newspaper adds. Pulis is also said to have had a difficult relationship with the club’s chief executive, Tony Scholes, while the board wants to see more use made of the club’s academy set-up.

There had been growing discontent among sections of the Stoke support, the Telegraph adds, while Pulis was said to be unhappy with events in the January transfer window.

Stoke ended the season in 13th position, rounding off the campaign with a 1-1 draw at Southampton, having scored only 34 goals in their 38 league games.

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