Pulis admits managerial pressure problem

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Stoke City boss Tony Pulis believes modern day managers are under more pressure than ever.

Speaking after the tragic news of the death of Wales manager Gary Speed, the Potters chief paid tribute to the former Leeds, Newcastle, Everton and Bolton midfielder, at a time where depression in sport has been thrust into the limelight.

Pulis says he can understand how mental health can be a problem in the game, especially in the lonely world of football management.

"It's a pressurised game," he admitted. "Especially management, management is a very lonely job, especially when you're losing.

"You have to be very strong as a character and as a person to get through difficult periods."

Thinking back to his playing days Pulis said; "As a player, I just enjoyed playing football. Every day that I woke up I thought I'd been blessed.

"So I can't speak for people who do get depressed being a professional footballer."

Since Speed's death more protection for players/managers suffering from depression has been called for after 10 professional footballers have seeked help from the Sporting Chance clinic since Sunday.

Stoke will hold a minute's silence before their UEFA Europa League clash with Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, in tribute to the late Welshman.

Speaking on Speed's reported suicide Pulis said; "It's tragic. The football world has lost not just a good man but a good football man as well.

"The important thing is we give Gary's family the time and respect they need now to get through this. Football drops into insignificance in that respect."

Gary Speed
Stoke City
Premier League

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