After taking Stoke City to the Premier League, an FA Cup Final and on a European journey, Tony Pulis is clearly worried about the expectation level at the Britannia Stadium.
The home support is always loud and proud but Pulis is clearly worried that the fans’ demands are exceeding the realistic ambition of the club after a 14th place finish last time out.
Speaking to Sky Sports Pulis said: “It’s been a great four or five years, it’s very difficult to keep giving and giving and giving so we have to be careful we don’t get blase about it and that people don’t expect too much.
“Gradually we’re putting things into place that this football club could never have dreamed of and we mustn’t get too greedy. Staying in the Premier League is our target.
“That will always remain the case because if that happens then we generate the income the football club needs to reinvest.
“The big test this year will be our home support and how much the supporters get behind us. They’ve been absolutely wonderful, so we don’t need them to get complacent.
“I think they have a responsibility the same as us to really be on the edge, because you need to be on the edge week in, week out. We do well because of our supporters at home.”
It’s a tough start to the season for Stoke with games against Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool in their first eight fixtures.
Pulis added: “We’ve had tough starts but I think this is most probably the toughest we’ve had.
“You have to accept there’s going to be a run of fixtures you look at and you think, where are the points going to come from?”