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Apr 29, 2013

Pulis keen to stay on at Stoke

Tony Pulis will inform chairman Peter Coates he remains ambitious to be Stoke City manager for a sixth season in the Premier League.

• Whittaker: All but safe

Pulis has been bombarded by speculation surrounding his Britannia Stadium future in the last few weeks, from suggestions that he will quit once Stoke's Premier League future is secured, to being replaced by either Martin O'Neill or Steve Bould.

Victory over Norwich City at the weekend, virtually assured Pulis of survival and the 55-year-old has no intentions of handing in his resignation when he meets with his strongest ally Coates for an end-of-season debrief next month.

It is standard procedure for the pair at the end of every season and while Pulis admits to wanting some guarantees and to having some private issues he has not been happy with this season, he remains committed to his job as manager of a club he has transformed over the last seven years.

When asked if he wants to carry on as manager next season, Pulis said: "Very much so. I've got a wonderful family I work for and it's just mischief making.

"They are paid to sell papers and paid to do their stories that are so far away from the truth it's frightening.

"I'm really pleased for the Coates family because they have really grabbed this club by the scruff of the neck. Where was it going before they came? Nowhere.

"If you look at what's happened in the last seven-and-a-half years, from a mid-table Championship club going nowhere to what we have got now, it's remarkable. It's a great success story and everybody should be proud."

Pulis has also paid tribute to his players for handling the pressure of their first relegation battle to produce successive victories against QPR and Norwich following a miserable run of just five points from a possible 42.

"It's water off a duck's back for me. I worry more about the players because they go on social networking and listen to what people say and that can affect them," Pulis added.

"It tests people and the resolve is tested and we've talked about that as a team. The most important thing in good times and bad times is that you stick together.

"One or two might have faltered and have said things that have been out of order in lots of respects, but the group has stopped really solid."

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