Long-serving Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has left the club after showdown talks with chairman Peter Coates and Phil Neville is in line to replace him, according to reports.

England Under-21 coach and former Everton captain Neville could take over as Potters boss following Pulis' departure.

Stoke City chairman Coates is said to be overseeing a huge change in the technical set-up at the Britannia Stadium and wants Neville to help put his plans into practice before the start of next season.

Neville, who will assist Stuart Pierce during the European Under 21 Championships in Israel this summer, is interested in a coaching role next season though he remains yet to confirm his playing career retirement.

Despite being linked with jobs at Manchester United and Everton, Stoke City appear to be the first to make a move for Neville, who has long been considered to have managerial potential at the highest level.

Neville is yet to decide if he will continue his playing role or if he will retire from the game, however amid interest from Stoke may make his mind up. 

Pulis left the club after a 13th placed Premier League finish and it looks as if Neville is in the driving seat to replace him. 


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