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Kenwyne Jones hits out at former boss

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Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones says he would have left the Britannia Stadium if Tony Pulis had remained as manager.

Pulis was replaced by Mark Hughes during the summer, having been with the club for over 10 years. Stoke had been known to play a long-ball style of football under Pulis, prompting Jones to consider his future at the club.

"The atmosphere at the job, and the entire squad could testify to it, wasn't good," Jones told Sky Sports News.

"The things that we were doing, and the way that we were playing football, it was not encouraging for a lot of us.

"You would probably not have seen a lot of the players at the club if the situation had remained the same. But things can change sometimes pretty quickly in football. You just have to sometimes weather the storm.

"Whether there is a future or not that's left to be seen but at the moment I am happy with the way that we are working every day. It's been wonderful since the new manager and new team came in."

The 28-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international managed to find the net on only five occasions last season but has three goals in all competitions already this season and Jones admitted he is happier now under the Mark Hughes' reign.

"I'm happy with the football we are playing because since I came to the club I believed we had the players to play football but we weren't given the chance," said Jones.

"Now I'm confident that we can do well this season and will probably finish top 10. I'm happy with what's happening at the moment."

There were initial question marks over the suitability of Hughes to the Stoke job, particularly in the wake of his calamitous tenure as manager of QPR, but he has so far gone some way to proving the critics wrong, notching up victories over Crystal Palace and West Ham, and managing to hold Manchester City to a 0-0 draw.

Stoke continue their season with an away Capital One cup tie to Tranmere tomorrow night and welcome Norwich to the Britannia in the league on Sunday afternoon.

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