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Coates: Pulis has final say on transfers

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has assured manager Tony Pulis he will always be given total control on the buying and selling of players.

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Despite looking to improve their network of overseas advisors and the desire to tap into new markets when it comes to developing the squad, Coates has made it clear Pulis will have the final say on player recruitment.

Stoke are revamping their scouting network and have demonstrated their willingness to invest in the American market with the recent signings of Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea.

Coates is eager to continue to develop the club he has guided back into the Premier League, as he looks for a sixth successive season in the top flight, but there will be no interference when it comes to transfers and his manager will retain control.

"No player will come into the club or go out of the club without his approval. That is absolutely crystal clear," he told the Stoke Sentinel.

"He may be one of the few managers to be in that privileged position, I don't know, but that is certainly the situation here."

Coates has clarified the situation after appearing to question Pulis' club-record £10 million signing of Peter Crouch 18 months ago.

"I did question the deal financially because it was a lot of money. If you buy a player at the later end of his career it's quite clearly more difficult to get your money back," he said.

"But the manager wanted him and I did it for the manager - and at no time was it a criticism of the player."

Coates would prefer to invest in younger talent, but insists experience is vital at the Britannia Stadium and despite the deadline day signing of 19-year-old Jack Butland from Birmingham City, he would pay for older players again in the future.

"We want a balanced squad, as does the manager, because a good squad is made up of experience and younger promise, so we are certainly not saying we won't buy experienced players in the future," he explained.

"The ultimate objective is to remain in the Premier League and you need a good squad, made up of youth and experience, to do that."


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