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Joining the club on November 1, 2002, the boss has since guided the club from a struggling Championship outfit to an established Premier League team - but he is still looking ahead

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis is “very proud” of his achievements at Britannia Stadium as he celebrates his 10-year anniversary at the helm.

Joining on November 1, 2002, Pulis arrived at the club with the Potters hovering above the relegation zone in the Championship.

In his initial three-year spell at the club, the manager consolidated Stoke’s position in the second tier of English football before a falling out with then chairman Gunnar Gislason led to his departure in 2005.

Following the takeover of Peter Coates in a year later, Pulis was rehired and has since taken the club to promotion and then establishing the Potters in the Premier League.

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Pulis told reporters: "It has been tough, but obviously I'm very proud of what we have done and achieved.

"I can remember sitting in the Waddington Suite [at the Britannia Stadium] on my first night with the Icelandic directors saying I was very proud to manage Stoke City, and I still am very proud to manage this football club.

"It has been a fantastic time here. It has had ups and downs and it is difficult - football clubs are not easy to manage.

"But I've enjoyed it, and I hope people will look back and feel I've played my part in what we've done over the last 10 years.

"It has been very, very good, but the biggest thing in life and in sport is that you can't rest on your laurels."

Despite the celebrations, the former Portsmouth boss feels he and his side cannot rest on their laurels in a league as demanding as the Premier League, adding that any achievement can be quickly forgotten if a team starts to struggle.
 
He added: "You have got to keep driving forward and pushing forward. I know you are always three or four games away from taking a lot of stick, so you have to be on the front foot as much as you can.

"If you sit and take slaps on the back and people saying well done, then you take your foot off the pedal. The Premier League is such a tough, tough league and it can all fall away so quickly."

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