Pulis and Stoke part company
Stoke City have confirmed that Tony Pulis's seven-year reign as manager has come to an end and he leaves the club by mutual consent.
Just heard that Tony Pulis has left Stoke. No denying he did a great job getting them to The Premier League and keeping them there.
Pulis will feel disappointed not to be given another season, after leading the club to safety this term. He led Stoke to promotion to the Premier League in 2008 and has established the club in the top flight since then.
He also led the club to its first ever FA Cup final, in May 2011, and through to the knockout phase of the Europa League the following season.
Pulis' position became the subject of speculation during a poor run of results in the second half of the season. Coates has also been affected by fans' criticism of his manager's style and feels the time is right for a change.
Brighton manager Gus Poyet has been installed as an early favourite to replace Pulis, while Phil Neville's name has already been mentioned as a possible addition to the club's coaching staff. Neil Lennon, Martin O'Neill and Arsene Wenger's number two Steve Bould have all been linked with the post.
Coates, 75, has ploughed in almost £100 million of his own fortune made from his Bet365 company and has no intentions of reigning back his involvement, despite rumours suggesting he is ready to hand over more control to his son, John.
Just heard that Tony Pulis has left Stoke. No denying he did a great job getting them to The Premier League and keeping them there.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) May 21, 2013