Pulis vows not to walk out on Stoke before season's end

The Welshman has come under some pressure after a disappointing season at the Britannia Stadium but insists that he will not leave the club in the lurch mid-campaign
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has denied speculation that he is preparing to leave the club once survival is guaranteed but refused to be drawn on his future beyond the end of the season.

The Potters boss met with the club's owner, Peter Coates, on Tuesday, sparking rumours that he would leave the Britannia Stadium as soon as the club reach the 40-point mark previously targeted for safety.


However, Pulis insists that the idea of walking out on the club was never on the table, telling reporters: "We sat there for three or four hours chatting away about everything and he never mentioned anything about whether I was leaving or not.

"If I was going to walk away then I would have told him by now and I certainly didn't mention anything about walking away.

"This football club has been absolutely fantastic to me. The Coates family are wonderful, wonderful people to work for. My respect for them goes a lot further than just closing a door and walking away.

"People who know me know I'm not somebody who just walks off into the sunset."

While admitting that this season has not gone as smoothly as planned, the Welshman offered a staunch defence of his record, arguing: "At a club like ours you can have good times and bad times in the Premier League. For seven-and-a-half years at this football club, I don't think I've done too badly and I don't think the club has done too badly either.

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"Do you get judged over a bad period of three months? Or do you get judged over a period of time? Everything is instant. Everybody wants results, results and results and, if you don't get them, I understand.

"I'm big enough and experienced to know if you don't get results in this job then there is pressure on you and you have to deal with that pressure."

Although adamant that he would not leave the club in the lurch this season, Pulis was unwilling to commit his future to club beyond the summer.

"Let's get to 40 points and then we can start talking about everything else," he added. "I hope and want to be here but it's everybody else and the two most important factors in this are the family and myself. I've not said anything and the family haven't said anything."

Some critics feel that the 55-year-old has taken the club as far as he can but Pulis is adamant that there is more that he can achieve with the Potters.

"There is still work to be done and other areas that can be improved," he continued. "I hope I'm the man to do it but it comes down to the Coates family and myself getting together and talking about it. But if you're asking me if I'm happy, I've always been happy at this club."