Date: 30th September 2007 at 6:12pm
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Stoke fans have come down overwhelmingly in support of the manager in the latest Vital Stoke poll.

Recent weeks have seen an upsurge in criticism of the board and management at Stoke with their apparant inability to sign many new players before the August transfer window closed one month ago. Even so, the players that we do have signed up have performed beyond every-one’s expectations and the Potters now lie in 5th place in the Championship.

There has been considerable debate amongst fans as to who was responsible for the lack of signings. Was it Peter Coates in withholding cash for transfers, Tony Pulis for chasing targets like Lee Hendrie, Salif Diao and Andy Griffin that where always going to be beyond the club’s budget, Chief Executive, Tony Scholes for bungling the contract negotiations or the transfer targets themselves for just being too greedy?

Vital Stoke readers decided that they believed that Coates and Scholes were the worst offenders with 38% and 33% of the vote respectively. Tony Pulis seems to have come out of our straw poll well – with just 11% of fans believing that he was at fault. Another 9% thought the players were being too greedy and another 9% said that no-one was to blame.

Here at Vital Stoke, we’ve tried not to take sides in this debate – but firmly believe that the apparent in-fighting between the management has to stop and Peter Coates is the only one who can make it happen. Such criticism unsettle fans and players alike, just at a time when we need to get behind the team and show the players that we’re trying to get into the club that we’re a club worth joining.