Mark Hughes has been appointed the new manager of Stoke City FC, replacing Tony Pulis.
Tony Pulis has urged Stoke City fans to get behind whoever succeeds him as the club's manager
Former Stoke manager Tony Pulis is disappointed by his exit but accepts chairman Peter Coates' decision to take the club in a new direction
Stoke City are set to be given the Freedom of the City award, to mark 150 years since the club was founded.
Council bosses are expected to confirm the decision later this year.
"We are delighted and honoured to have been handed the Freedom of the City of Stoke-on-Trent," said Chairman Peter Coates.
"It is an enormous honour, especially in this our 150th anniversary year."
Stoke City lost 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium today. Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring for Arsenal before Geoff Cameron equalised for the visitors with his first ever Premier League goal.
But Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna both headed in for Arsenal in the second-half, putting the Gunners top of the league.
In the Premier League, Stoke are the team setting the pace for the Midlands so far this season. After four games they are 7th, level on points with Manchester United and Chelsea.
We spoke to their manager Mark Hughes earlier today.
Stoke City have lost the first game of the new Premier League season, succumbing to a 1-0 defeat by Liverpool.
Jonathan Walters had a marvellous chance to earn a point for the Potters in the final minutes, but his penalty was saved by Liverpool goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet, who also saved the rebound.
Liverpool took the lead in the first half through Daniel Sturridge, to send Mark Hughes' side to defeat in his first Premier League game in charge.
Stoke City were in the running for European football at Christmas last year, but 2013 brought 13 successive defeats and a run of poor form which eventually led to the sacking of manager Tony Pulis, and a brush with relegation.
Now with Mark Hughes at the helm - how will 'The Potters' fare in 2013/2014?
The former Birmingham and England under-21 international player Cameron Jerome has been charged with betting on a competition in which his team plays, which is contrary to FA regulations.
It is understood that there is no suggestion of any match-fixing allegations or that Jerome, 26, has gambled on games he has been involved in.
– Stoke City statement
Stoke City can confirm that Cameron Jerome accepts the FA charges made against him in relation to breaches of its betting rules.
Cameron has admitted the charges and will in due course attend an Independent Regulatory Commission, at which he will be supported by the Club.
The Club or the player will not be making any further comment at this time.
Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome has today been charged by the FA in relation to a number of betting offences.
The FA says Jerome has admitted the charges and that a date for an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing will be set in the near future.
– Tony Scholes, Chief Executive, Stoke City
As a Club we are conscious that following football can be an expensive business, especially at a time when so many people are feeling the squeeze financially.
We work hard to try and provide our supporters with value for money which is why we have not increased our ticket prices since being promoted to the Premier League in 2008.
However, we realise how expensive following the Club away from home can be for supporters and we’re delighted to be able to offer free coach travel and hope it encourages more of them to give us their fantastic backing away from home.
Stoke have announced they will offer free coach travel for their fans to all away games for the upcoming season.
They say it is the first scheme of its kind in the top four divisions in England.
Coaches will leave from the Britannia Stadium for all 19 of their top flight matches.