After guiding Stoke City back into the top flight of English Football and keeping them there for five consecutive seasons, Tony Pulis has left the club by mutual consent following talks with chairman Peter Coates on Tuesday.

The 55-year-old Welshman, who was in charge at the Britannia Stadium for a second spell after being reappointed in 2006, met with the chairman on Tuesday and it was then revealed that they had parted ways.

"Stoke City and Tony Pulis confirm that they have mutually agreed that Tony will leave the club with immediate effect." said a statement released by the club following the meeting between the two parties.

Despite having guided the Potters into the Premier League and, more importantly, kept them there with a string of mid-table finishes, some sections of the crowd at the Britannia had been calling for a change after seeing a good start to the season slip into what saw them briefly dragged into a battle against relegation.

Despite sealing another season in the Premier League with a final finish of 13th, as well as leading them into Europe and an FA Cup final in 2011, it seems the fans calling for a change to proceedings have got their way.

Stoke have become well known throughout the Premier League for their physical approach to the game, although this seems certain to change now following the departure of Pulis. Stoke have gained a reputation of being hard to play against, especially at home, where the home fans can turn the Britannia into one of the loudest stadiums in the country when in full voice.

But for Pulis, the end of the line has come. Despite his success with the club and his achievement of keeping the Potters in the Premier League since their arrival back in the 2008/09 season, his style of play has grown tiresome to the faithful at the Britannia. And having voiced their opinions over the last few months, it seems the fans will be getting the change they have been shouting for.

Who will replace Pulis is the next question - and with a huge managerial merry-go-round happening in the Premier League at the moment, they should have no shortage of candidates for the post.


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