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
With Tony Pulis leaving his role of Stoke City manager, here are five favourites to take up the role with the Premier League club.
– Tony Pulis
I have enjoyed some wonderful times at Stoke City and nobody was prouder than me when, after 23 years of exile from top-flight football, we gained Barclays Premier League status.
Over the past five years we have created history by being the only team in this Club’s 150 years existence to remain out of the bottom six in top-flight football for five consecutive seasons. In leaving I am very proud of what we have all achieved.
To the supporters ... and players who have worked under me during the seven year tenure, I give my thanks for what has been a wonderful adventure.
Tony Pulis has left Stoke City after seven years in charge at the Britannia Stadium, the club has confirmed.
A short statement on the club's website said: "Stoke City and Tony Pulis confirm that they have mutually agreed that Tony will leave the Club with immediate effect."
Tony Pulis is set to leave Stoke City after seven years in charge, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The Welshman guided Stoke to Europe and an FA Cup final during his second spell at the club, having been in charge previously from 2002 to 2005.
Chairman of Stoke City, Peter Coates, understands the fans' negative reaction to recent results, but insists the club is continuing to progress under manager Tony Pulis.
Stoke city has won only one of its last nine Barclays Premier League games and some fans have vented their frustration toward Pulis.
Coates believes recent performances have not been as bad as results would indicate.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis feels Robert Huth has "let himself down" with the antics in last Saturday's 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Fulham. The incident has landed the centre-back with a three-game suspension.
Huth will serve the ban having opted not to contest a violent conduct charge brought against him this week by the Football Association.
The incident - missed by match officials at the time - saw the German catch Cottagers defender Philippe Senderos in the face with his forearm.
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