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Dec 15, 2012

Pulis praises English chairmen

Tony Pulis and David Moyes share more than the satisfaction of being in charge of clubs sitting comfortably in the top half of the Premier League.

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As two of the top flight's longest-serving managers, they are also both grateful to their chairmen for sticking by them in thinner times.

When they occupy the same touchline at the Stoke City versus Everton game on Saturday afternoon, they will bring a combined 17 years of experience in their respective posts to bear, Pulis' second stint in the Potteries having started in the summer of 2006 and Moyes having been hired at Goodison Park almost 11 years ago.

And the Stoke boss believes both should be grateful that their employers are old school. "David has had his moments and Bill Kenwright has always stood behind him," he said. "It has always been a mutual relationship, with them backing each other.

"A lot of chairmen have a different culture to our chairmen. They've been brought up in a different way and that's the way it works in the countries they come from.

"But English chairmen do it a different way and see the value of forward thinking. I have been very fortunate and David will say he's very fortunate that Bill has allowed him to manage the way he wants to manage."

Pulis admits he is surprised his counterpart has not been tempted away from Merseyside by one of the English elite. "He has served a great apprenticeship at Everton and they will be delighted he has stayed there," he added.

"Maybe he has been offered a job and turned it down. I'm surprised that every time a top job comes up, David is not in the frame. He has put his stamp on that club. He can buy and sell well.

"Everton are a benchmark for us in lots of respects. We haven't had as much time to lay the foundations but we are getting there. Building a team and a club is very difficult. You cannot go from one end of the scale to the other too quickly, otherwise it will implode."

Stoke are unbeaten at home in the League since February and are able to welcome back Charlie Adam after suspension, with the midfielder likely to run the gauntlet of a packed visitors' end because of his Anfield past.

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