Stoke City manager Pulis to carry Olympic torch

The Potters boss has stepped in to replace Games hopeful Emma Jackson when the torch visits the city and admitted he is 'extremely honoured' to represent the city

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is set to become the only Premier League manager given the honour of carrying the Olympic torch.

The Potters boss will be handed the torch as the nationwide relay leaves Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday.

Olympic hopeful Emma Jackson was due to be the Olympic Torchbearer but had to withdraw after receiving an invitation to race in the Diamond League Athletics meeting in Rome.

"This is an historic event for the whole of Britain and it is an immensely proud feeling to be able to say that you are carrying the Olympic torch as part of that build-up," Pulis told reporters.

"I am extremely honoured to be given the privilege of representing Stoke-on-Trent and to be among those offered this most prestigious of opportunities."

Mark Meredith, Stoke's cabinet member for economic development, said: "To have someone of Tony's calibre and close links to the city carrying the torch is superb news.

"Stoke City fans obviously hold him in extremely high regard and it would be great to see them all lining the route in the city centre on Thursday morning."