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Stoke chairman Coates wants cap on agents fees

Stoke chairman Peter Coates wants a cap on Premier League agents fees Credit: PA

Stoke chairman Peter Coates wants a Premier League cap on agents fees but admits he is fighting a losing battle.

Recent figures showed clubs paid a total of £46.5 million to agents between last October and February, with Stoke's £1.75m figure the eighth-highest of the 20 sides in England's top flight.

Manchester United paid £10m, the highest, while Everton were lowest with less than £0.5m paid out to agents.

Coates told the Stoke Sentinel that change was needed, but unlikely, due to the lengths clubs would go to gain an advantage over rivals.

I wish we did it better but it doesn't look as though there's anything in sight. I'd like to have an agreement among all clubs about how much agents got paid, so a percentage or whatever, but we can't reach an agreement.

It's a big chunk of money they get and that's going out of the game, but there's no change in sight.

You'd have to get the clubs to agree and that can be difficult because they want to be flexible to do their own thing and believe the less interference the better. Partly because it's so competitive and we are all trying to get an edge on our competitors.

– Peter Coates

Crouch upset by lack of Stoke games - Hughes

Peter Crouch could start once more. Credit: PA

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has admitted striker Peter Crouch has been left frustrated by his lack of first-team football this season.

Crouch impressed on a rare start last weekend in the draw with Sunderland and could feature again at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

The former England frontman has made just ten league appearances this season but is yet yo find the back of the net.

Peter played really well last week.

It didn't surprise me, I said after the game that he is a good player that I have probably disappointed more than most this season just because we had new players in the building and we needed to get them up to speed in the Premier League and sometimes that has restricted his opportunities in the Premier League.

He has had decent appearances during the season but not enough starts in the Premier League he will feel, but he came in and did what he always does, he has done himself no harm (towards being picked against Palace).

– Mark Hughes


Stoke City to rename and expand stadium

The stadium will change name at the start of the season. Credit: PA

Stoke City will play at the newly-named Bet365 Stadium from the start of the 2016/17 season, the Premier League club have announced.

The club have signed a six-year deal with the betting partner and have also confirmed they will increase capacity to over 30,000 in time for the 2017/18 campaign.

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