Stoke chairman Peter Coates believes his son John would be an ideal candidate to succeed him when he decides to step down.
The 39-year-old is heavily involved in the family's internet gambling business bet365 and a fan of the club.
While Coates senior, 71, has no immediate plans to step aside, he told the Sentinel: "John is hugely knowledgeable about football. He has followed Stoke since a boy."
He added: "In my view he would be an excellent chairman - if that's what he wants to do."
Coates confirmed the financing of the Â£6million improvements to the training ground would come from the family's finances, not the transfer kitty.
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