Stoke boss Tony Pulis is putting his own future on hold as he fights to ensure that the future of the club is in the Premier League.
The 55-year-old has enjoyed some extreme highs with the Potters since they won promotion to the top flight five years ago, but after a poor second half of the campaign his future could lie in the balance.
Pulis has banned all players from media interaction over the past few weeks in order to keep them fully focused on picking up results and hitting the 40-point mark, which they edged closer to with a 2-0 win over QPR last time out.
Assistant boss Dave Kemp feels that his number one is the right man for the job and has helped the club to go above and beyond expectations but the Welsh man could be ready to hand over the reins.
Kemp said: “I think that belief is a vital part of football.
“Confidence is everything to players at all levels. When you are on a bad run, players are still trying to do the right things and trying their hardest.
“A win like that gives everyone a lift and hopefully we will see that on Saturday against Norwich. There is a lot on the game and a win will take us to 40 points, but it is important we try to win every game we can.”
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