In his seven years in charge, Tony Pulis has guided Stoke City to the Barclays Premier League, to the FA Cup final and into the Europa League.
It has certainly been an exciting time for Stoke City fans. But has it been exciting for the rest of the footballing community? Many people analyse Stoke City’s style of play and condemn it as boring. So can a new manager bring a new change of style?
The first thing to address is who will replace Tony Pulis? Gus Poyet is a name that is certain to be linked following his suspension from Brighton. It could actually be a smart move.
Poyet has attracted some big names to Brighton such as Wayne Bridge and former Valencia winger Vincente. One thing that will also please the Stoke City fans is Poyet’s home record.
This season they have lost just three times at the Amex Community Stadium, a record bettered only by Championship winners Cardiff City. Stoke have become renowned for their home form - big teams find it difficult to gain a point from the Britannia Stadium let alone three as their impressive home crowd cheer them on.
But the thing that would please most Stoke fans and football fans is how Poyet demands attacking, stylish football, which is pleasing on the eye.
It is not just Poyet who likes to play good football though. Roberto Martinez will also be amongst the bookies favourites following Wigan’s relegation from the Premier League.
Stoke have often been branded a “rugby team” for their strong, robust style of play. But, if it isn’t broke, why fix it?
With the exception of this season, Stoke City have never really been threatened by relegation and have actually established themselves as a mid-table side. The majority of their players are tall and strong like Robert Huth, Steven Nzonzi and Peter Crouch, but it has served the Potters well in recent years.
They might favour a manager who likes playing with a target man, somebody like Martin O’Neill or Alex McLeish for example.
Stoke City should try and bring in more creative players and a creative manager. They are also proud of having British talent in the side. Players like Jermaine Jenas, Yossi Benayoun and Shaun Maloney look like they could be available for a transfer in the summer and would add some craft and pace to their side.
They could try and raid the three relegated club of their best talent. Adel Taraabt looks likely to leave, as does Adam Le Fondre. These are the types of players who could improve the overall style of play at Stoke City and give them the credit they deserve for being an established Premier League side.
Who would Stoke City fans like to see at their club? Is there any need to change their style of play? Let us know in the comments below!
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