Pulis looking to evolve Stoke style

The Potters boss hopes to develop a slick style of direct passing football at the Britannia Stadium but has warned such a transition may take time

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has expressed his desire to introduce a new philosophy of controlled build-up play to help win games instead of relying on their obvious strengths from long balls and set-pieces.

The Potters boss has said he is ready to "evolve" his team’s style to incorporate more intricate, quicker passes without compromising their transitional speed from defence to attack.

Speaking about such a style change, Pulis expressed a need for patience as such a drastic change cannot be adopted overnight.

“We are trying to evolve and we have got better players, but you have to get a balance and there’s no rush,” he said, speaking to The Sun.

“We know we are trying to evolve for the team to play through the pitch quickly. I will never change my views on that.

“We want smaller, quicker passes, but always through the pitch, not backwards or square.”

Pulis also reaffirmed his intention to stay at the club, again stating a need for time to implement a gradual progression within the club as a whole.

“I’m hoping to be here for a few more years and hoping the Coates family will be, so we have to move it up gradually,” he added.

“That will suit some people but not others because they want immediate success.

“But it takes time and it’s the way to do it, we think.

The Welshman also lauded the local community whose fans have helped turn the Britannia into one of the most intimidating grounds in the country.

“I don’t see myself going anywhere else. I’ve got fantastic respect for the place and the area. It’s a tough area,” noted Pulis.

“They say what they think, but they are hard-working, honest people and I enjoy the football club.”