Date: 22nd May 2013 at 9:25am
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Thank you Tony Pulis for all what you have done for Stoke City? but the time was right for you to move on.

Tony Pulis did a wonderful job at Stoke City, he first saved the club from relegation in the Championship before returning to the club for a second stint to take the Potters into the Premier League, establish them as a Premier League club whilst taking them to the F.A. Cup final and also into Europe.

I will be forever grateful for what TP did for the club but a new direction is needed at the Britannia Stadium, don`t get me wrong it will not be easy to emulate the achievements of Tony Pulis, but with a bumper transfer kitty and investment in youth, someone more shrewd is required to move the club onto the next level.

Pulis` stubbornness seems to have been his downfall. The Welshmen reluctance to blood youth with only two players coming out of the clubs youth academy in his tenure at the club is definitely not a good return on the money and resources that are put into the clubs youth system, and with planned improvements to the structure, surely a manager who would allow youth to excel is a priority.

Another reason that could be behind Pulis` departure is his reluctance to purchase any players from abroad, the outburst from his head scout has magnified his unwillingness to buy talent from abroad. Parsons confessed that Pulis missed out on ‘world class` players such as Adebayor, Pastore and Tiote.

Whatever was behind the sacking of the capped one, I would like to give him a huge thank you for his time and the memories he has given me and every other Stoke fan in the 10 years he`s been in the Potteries.

A huge decision is now on the horizon for Stoke`s chairman Peter Coates. Who will be the man to fill the huge boots of Tony Pulis and take the club forward?