Last night, Stoke City sacked Tony Pulis following a meeting with club chariman Peter Coates. The Welshman lost his job after a seven year stint at the Britannia Stadium, in which he guided Stoke into the Premier League and still boasts the proud record of never being relegated.
The 55-year-old's reign has come to an end, making him the 10th Premier League manager to lose his job in 2013. But was sacking of the industrious Pulis fair? Here, we weigh up the reasons for and against his dismissal.
Against Pulis' sacking
Pulis has provided Stoke with stability. Their style of play has ensured they haven't had to face the daunting prospect of relegation during their Premier League stay, although they flirted with the bottom three at times this season.
During his spell, Pulis took the club to the FA Cup final and the last 32 of the Europa League, all of which would not have been conceivable prior to his arrival. In recent months, fans have become dissatisfied with the way they play - but be careful what you wish for.
Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic are prime examples where fans have grown tiresome of their manager's playing style. With Sam Allardyce and Alan Curbishley at the helm, both went on to lose their jobs and subsequently, both clubs have failed to return to the Premier League since.
For Pulis' sacking
Stoke's style of play has come under increased criticism - Pulis' robust and long-ball approach has not been easy on the eye, with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger likening them to a rugby team. Others believe the Potters have begun to stagnate under Pulis and the club do not look like advancing -just three wins in 2013 has not helped Pulis' cause.
Stoke’s net spend over the last five seasons stands at over £60 million, which ranks them as one of the biggest spenders in the league. Some feel that the money spent has not justified their league standing and progress must be made.
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