Tuesday 21 May 2013
After seven seasons in his second stint at the club Tony Pulis has left his post as manager of Stoke City. A short statement on the club's website said: "Stoke City and Tony Pulis confirm that they have mutually agreed that Tony will leave the Club with immediate effect."
Pulis had been in charge at Stoke since June 2006, guiding the club in 2007/08 to promotion to the Barclays Premier League, where they have remained for the last five seasons.
The Welshman had first been manager at Stoke between 2002 and 2005, then rejoined in 2006 after Peter Coates took over as chairman and, after steering the club to the top flight for the first time in 23 years, has established them as a consistent force in the Barclays Premier League .
Stoke never finished below 14th in the Barclays Premier League and even experienced European football, when they participated in the UEFA Europa League after finishing runners-up in the 2011 FA Cup final.
Stoke made a promising start to the last campaign and found themselves just four points off the top four in early December. However, four wins in 23 subsequent league matches, including 11 defeats, led them to flirt with relegation.
Their 13th-placed finish was one better than the previous campaign, although their lowest tally of 42 points meant that top-flight safety was only guaranteed following the penultimate match of the season.
Nonetheless Pulis, who last weekend became the second-longest serving manager at a Barclays Premier League following the departures of Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes from Manchester United and Everton respectively, retains the proud record of never having been a charge of a club that has suffered relegation.