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Pulis denies he is unhappy over budget

Tony Pulis has denied claims he is considering his future as manager of Stoke City because of a lack of investment in the first-team squad.

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Pulis has received criticism from supporters in recent weeks after a run of just one win in the team's last 11 Premier League games, and there have also been suggestions that he has become disillusioned with goings on behind the scenes.

The manager is said to be unhappy with Stoke's decision not to renew the contract of director of football and long-time ally John Rudge, while the departure of senior scout Sam Ellis and appointment of Mark Cartwright as the club's new technical director have also raised questions.

On Tuesday, the Daily Mail reported that "Pulis is known to be concerned at the amount of money that is being pumped into the club's youth academy instead of his own transfer budget" and said he would "consider his position" with the club.

However, Pulis - who recently insisted he would be staying put - reacted angrily to that claim, insisting he retains a strong relationship with chairman Peter Coates.

"On transfer fees and money spent on the first team, nobody can question the Coates family on the amount of money they have invested in this football club," Pulis told the Sentinel newspaper.

"Anybody who says anything else is being disrespectful to a family that should be held in high esteem. As I have said before, my relationship with Peter is not just a football relationship, but a personal relationship as well. I class him as a friend, and I mean a friend."

Pulis also dismissed the suggestion that he had no time for the club's academy because it was draining resources from first-team affairs.

"I have got reservations on the way it is run, yes, but every football club that is successful up and down the country has to have a vibrant and progressive youth policy," he added. "It was me who brought in Denis Smith and Alan Durban into our academy, to get more people with a football background and a local knowledge involved."


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