Several players wanted to leave Stoke under Pulis, says Jones

Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones has revealed that he, along with several of his teammates, were keen to leave the club while former manager Tony Pulis was in charge, the Daily Telegraph is reporting.

Pulis left in the summer, seven years into his second spell as boss at the Britannia Stadium, during which he guided Stoke to the Premier League and consolidated their place in the top-flight. He also led Stoke to an FA Cup final and the knockout stages of the Europa League, but his side were often maligned for their style of football..

And Jones, signed by Pulis in 2010 for a club record £8m from Sunderland, claims there was widespread dissatisfaction among the players under Pulis. He said: “Coming into work and the things we were doing, the way we were playing football – it was very discouraging for a lot of us and I think not only myself but a lot of players you would probably not have seen at the club come this season if the situation had remained the same.

But we all know, things change sometimes pretty quickly in football and sometimes you just have to weather the storm.

The Trinidad and Tobago international went on to welcome the playing style encouraged by new manager Mark Hughes, adding: “I believed that we had the players to produce this type of football but were not getting the chance to. Now I am confident that we can do well this season and probably finish in the top 10 – you never know what is going to happen.

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