Writer: Chris Baldwin
Date:Sunday May 4 2008
Stoke City's victorious manager, Tony Pulis has paid tribute to the backing he received from Stoke chairman, Peter Coates.
Pulis admitted that he did wonder if it would be a good move when he got the first call: 'But if Peter had the nerve to come back and take this club forward I couldn't say 'no'.
'Last time I was here I got criticised on a budget that was a bottom-three budget and there was no way I was going to come back unless he gave me a chance to compete.
'He said I would be able to compete and he has kept his word. Everything he said and promised he has been true to.
Pulis returned to the Brit two years ago in the wake of Peter Coates' buy-back of the club from the Icelandic consortium. With both men having 'previous' with the club, it was not surprising that the move was met with a distinct lack of enthusiasm from a sizable number of fans.
But Peter Coates was true to his word when he told fans that he would back the manager with support and money and the manager promised that he would create a team that would challenge for promotion within three years.
Well, just two years in and both men have lived up to their words and both can celebrate being behind the greatest achievement for Stoke City in a generation.
Date:Sunday May 4 2008
Stoke target free transfer Konoplyanka (Friday May 22 2015)
Stoke's Season Finale Injury Table List (Friday May 22 2015)
Statue of Gordon Banks to be unveiled at the Brit (Thursday May 21 2015)
Wollscheid signs permanently (Thursday May 21 2015)
Butland wins Burnley man of the match poll (Wednesday May 20 2015)
Wollscheid in; Huth out for Stoke? (Wednesday May 20 2015)
N'Zonzi named Player of the Season (Wednesday May 20 2015)
Burnley pickup point from Potters (Monday May 18 2015)
Stoke fans decide no1 GK- Begovic or Butland? (Monday May 18 2015)
Ref Watch: Taylor to referee Stoke v Liverpool (Monday May 18 2015)
|11. West Ham||37||12||11||14||-1||47|
|12. Crystal Palace||37||12||9||16||-5||45|
|Jose Is Here For the Foreseeable Future
» Chelsea : 23/05/2015 11:00:01
|Liverpool: Lawro Predicts 2014-15 - Stoke City (Away)
» Liverpool : 23/05/2015 10:54:01
|De Gea`s Replacement Already Here?
» Man Utd : 23/05/2015 10:46:01
|Hull v United - Stat Attack!
» Man Utd : 23/05/2015 10:41:00
|Rooney and De Gea Injury Updates
» Man Utd : 23/05/2015 10:21:00