Stoke City chairman Peter Coates yesterday announced that there is now a ban on players talking about former manager Tony Pulis, according to the Stoke Sentinel.

This comes hot on the heels of striker Kenwyne Jones' outburst about Pulis and his style of play at a charity event last week.

Whilst captain Ryan Shawcross and American international Geoff Cameron have both denied any rift in the locker room, the ban is good news for fans and players alike, after hearing Pulis publicly insulted by both Jermaine Pennant and Kenwyne Jones in recent weeks.

Many fans still hold Pulis in high regard after he guided Stoke City to the Premier League, and established The Potters as a top flight team as well as taking them to the 2011 FA Cup final, where they were beaten by a solitary goal from Yaya Toure - but automatically qualified for Europa League football for the 2012/13 season.

Whilst the Mark Hughes era is looking bright and Stoke fans are starting to enjoy Hughes' style of play, The Potteries-based team have had to announce a new season ticket plan in the hope to attract fans to The Britannia Stadium after attendances began to drop.

On the pitch Stoke have won two, drawn one and lost three of their opening six games but have qualified for the last 16 of the League Cup. Whilst the figures do not read well, Stoke have only lost away to Arsenal and Liverpool and at home to Norwich.

The Potters have never travelled well in the Premier League but have already picked up their first away win against West Ham a few weeks ago.

Whilst the news coming out of Stoke all seems bleak, the ban could be a good thing because it forces people to look to the future and stop talking about the past.

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