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Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has said that the future of manager Tony Pulis is under a cloud of doubt. Stoke City have been able to sustain their Premier league status despite being on a relatively low-budget due to the shrewd tactics of Pulis.
However, he has come under intense criticism from the fans of light due to the poor performances of the team, which has lifted them extremely close to the relegation zone. Even though it would take a lots of results to go against them, the fact that Stoke are still close to the relegation zone despite spending a lot of money recently is a source of concern.
Stoke have been one of the highest spenders in the Premier league over the last few transfer windows, as they have brought in the likes of Peter Crouch and Kenwyne Jones. The club will be entering into the sixth successive Premier league campaign next season if they manage to avoid relegation now. Yet, the return of just five points from a possible 42 has left Pulis in danger of losing his job. Chairman Peter Coates, though, has suggested on several occasions (including to the soccer seo site) that he remains fully supportive of the manager.
Stoke have managed just one win in the league since the turn of the year.
“We have had a very flat second half to the season and nobody is trying to hide that. You are always trying to learn from such things to try and improve. I know it is not mathematically guaranteed, but we are obviously delighted to be in the position we are in after two good wins. I was very anxious and very nervous. We deserved to win both games and it was a great relief because we haven’t been in that position for a long time, but that’s football and this is a tough league,” said Coates.
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The Stoke city defender Robert Huth faces three matches out of action after being banned by the English FA for violent conduct. The former Chelsea and Middlesbrough defender was found guilty of elbowing the Fulham defender Philippe Senderos during a match between the two clubs recently.
The match ended as a 1-0 defeat for Stoke, as a solitary goal from the former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov was enough to seal the points for the London team. The match officials missed the incident between Senderos and Huth, which allowed the English FA to take retrospective action based on video evidence. Read more »
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The Stoke City defender Robert Huth has revealed that he had to play through the pain barrier in the recent 2-1 win over the Premier league strugglers Reading. The former Chelsea and Middlesbrough defender has been inspirational for Stoke City this season. Until recently, the team had an imperious record at home. It has helped the team stay in touch with their dream of qualifying for the Europa league once again next season. Considering his importance to the team, Huth was part of the starting line-up that took on Reading at the Britannia stadium. In the previous match, Huth had to receive 28 stitches after a clash with the Wigan striker Franco di Santo.
Huth has said that it certainly is not a great achievement for his part to play through the pain barrier because it did not affect him as people have claimed it. However, he has acknowledged the fact that it will be difficult to get over the pain barrier for some people. The 28-year-old has made 27 appearances for the club in all competitions, and he has scored one goal in the process. Stoke are currently 10th in the Premier league and they are just a few points away from catching Liverpool. The 2-1 win over Reading, though, is the first win in four matches for the team.
“I’m not saying I’m a real man. It affects some people but I was okay with it. The first corner from the left was easier for me. I scored from that side and felt a bit more comfortable because swinging my head to the left would have been a bit sore,” said the defender after the match. Since the 3-1 win over Liverpool back in December, Stoke City have been unable to win a Premier league match. Their only victory during this period was the FA Cup success against Crystal Palace.
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Stoke City defender Robert Huth has said that the match against Everton will be a tough test for them. Tony Pulis and his men will be coming up against Everton during the weekend. They will be taking on David Moyes’ team at the Britannia stadium where they have been undefeated in the last 14 matches. However, Everton will be major threat towards that record according to Huth. Stoke City have been one of the surprising packages in terms of defensive records this season. They have conceded only three goals at home all season, while they share an even better defensive record than clubs like United and Arsenal.
However, they have found it difficult to score goals on a regular basis, which has been the main reason for them being near the bottom half of the table. Stoke City have been undefeated at home for the last 14 matches in a period that stretches to more than 10 months. This is currently the longest Premier league undefeated record. This has been largely built on the incredible partnership between Robert Huth and Ryan Shawcross in the centre of defence. The German has said that he is just happy to be helping his team.
“Yes, that makes it good for me and it will be great if we can keep it going, but we mustn’t jinx it. Everybody wants a run like that and it is nice to have the best record right now, but it is something we have to work extremely hard at to keep it going. Everton are the club who everyone aspires to be. They are very professional and they beat teams in a good manner. They can play you off the park or grind out a result,” said the Stoke defender ahead of the match with Everton during the weekend.