Tony Pulis earns board backing

Tony Pulis Stoke ManagerStoke manager Tony Pulis insists the club’s board are still right behind him despite their recent run of poor form.

The Potters have won just once in 13 games and their defeat at home to fellow strugglers Aston Villa last weekend saw them drop to within four points of the bottom three.

That has led to speculation regarding the future of boss Pulis, despite the great strides the club have made since he took over in 2006 with the Potters in the lower reaches of the Championship.

The 55-year-old admits that his past achievements will count for nothing if the current side continue to tumble down the table.

However, the former Gillingham boss insists he still has the confidence of the club’s chairman, Peter Coates, and is determined to steer the side away from danger.

“You get no grace for what you have achieved, people look at what you are doing now, and what we are doing now isn’t what we have done in recent years,” said Pulis.

“People question things when things aren’t going well. I am fortunate to have a family in charge of the club who are fantastic.

“This week the chairman has been down and had a chat with the lads. He’s a top man, and we are fortunate to have him here.

“The time has come for us to win a couple of games and put this right. Then we will look at what went wrong at the end of the season.

“Things aren’t going for us at the moment, but when that happens you have to work even harder, and that is what we are doing.”

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