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Stoke City's aims for the new season

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If you ask any Stoke City fan what they want next season, they will all say the same thing - a Cup final or a top ten finish.

Former manager Tony Pulis managed five Premier League seasons, an FA Cup final and a run to the knockout stages of the Europa League. 

The main reason for his dismissal was that Stoke are taking a step in the direction of actual football, and chairman Peter Coates wants to change the club's image to one that can play football and possibly change their bad reputation. 

This was shown when the Potters released Rory Delap, who assisted half of Stoke's goals in their first Premier League season with his monstrous long throws.

Mark Hughes or any other manager who replaced Pulis in the summer was obviously going to have big shoes to fill. Pulis turned around the haters and brought Stoke from the bottom of the Championship to an established Premier League team.

If Hughes doesn't manage at least a good cup run or a top ten finish then Stoke fans will be very disappointed, as anything less will be seen as a step backwards.

The Potters' only major cup is the 1972 League Cup. And the closest they have come to winning another was the 2011 FA Cup final.

Last year was the closest Stoke have come to relegation since they were promoted, and another season like last year will not be what Coates is looking for.

Hughes is still in the market for a striker as he looks to add some attack to Stoke's front line, after they scored the least amount of goals in the top-flight last season.

 

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