Pulis ready to stay with Stoke City

Britannia StadiumTony Pulis still expects to be the manager of Stoke City next season and has dismissed speculation over his future at the club.

Stoke wrapped up a troubled campaign with a 1-1 draw at Southampton to finish 13th in the Premier League table but they did flirt with relegation following an alarming run of form in the second half of the season.

That led to some sections of the Britannia Stadium faithful calling for his head, while the press have also suggested the likes of Steve Bould are being lined up to replace him.

However, Pulis has blasted the rumours and says he is going nowhere.

“Yes, there’s been speculation, there’s been a lot of stuff written, a lot of stuff which you just can’t believe is written,” Pulis revealed when asked if he will still be manager of Stoke next season.

“I’ve got a meeting next week, I’ll sit down with (chairman) Peter (Coates) and the family next week as we always do at the end of the season and then we’ll take it from there.”

Meanwhile, Pulis has also brushed off speculation that Coates himself could be stepping aside at the Britannia Stadium.

“Again it’s all ‘he says, she says, everything else’,” he added. “Peter I’m sure would be the first one to tell me he was stepping down and he wouldn’t tell anyone else I don’t think without telling me.”