So we have seen the departure of Tony Pulis from Stoke after seven years at the helm.
Reports suggest that Pulis left by mutual consent but others are saying that the board may have forced him out after succumbing to pressure from the fans. If true, the fans have shown no respect or gratitude to the man who took them to the Premier League.
Tony Pulis has established Stoke as a Premier League football club, making their home turf a fortress and attracted some top names in football. Admittedly they have had a below par season but that’s only comparable to their unexpected high expectations.
The Stoke supporters seem to forget what got them to the stage that they are at now: The physical long ball game. After a run of bad results and no goals scored all of a sudden the methodology is being dismissed by the Stoke faithful claiming it was a waste of time. Complete and utter poppycock.
Players were brought in the summer of 2012 to get Stoke to play football. Steven Nzonzi & Charlie Adam have yet to play anywhere near their potential whilst Peter Crouch doesn’t seem like a threat anymore and John Walters season will be remembered for only his Chelsea antics of scoring two own goals and missing a penalty all in 90 minutes.
The solid defensive partnership of Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth is no longer a daunting thought but more of an opportunity knocks moment for the lesser or out of form striker.
If there is anything more frustrating than player’s salary’s it is their ability to shirt responsibility and leaving the manager to deal with the consequences.
Stoke’s players have let Tony Pulis down without a doubt, and by doing so will jeopardise their Premier League status next season as they no longer have the foundations they have relied on for the past seven years.
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