The End Of Another Era… This Time, For Stoke City


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. David Howell says:

    This does make a lot of sense – Pulis created a distinctive, and underappreciated, formula (it was even more subtle than it looked – it needed good creative wing play to win those throw-ins for Delap, for a start) that only recently has even begun to unravel. The club’s progress is remarkable, there is a real risk that it will be undone, and the recent transfer record is as likely a cause as any.

    It would have been better for this to have been sorted a couple of weeks ago, though. Pulis earned the right to say a Moyes-esque farewell to the club, and I’m sure this won’t be his last Premier League job – perhaps he will take another Championship club into the big time (it seems certain, for all the talk of increased parachute payments, that at least one and likely two of this season’s relegated trio will not go straight back up, for QPR are in freefall and Wigan will have to deal with Europa League fixture congestion and negligible gate receipts). Leeds United, at least in their current guise, feels like a great fit for Pulis to me – a club known for being much more concerned with success than style at the best of times, let alone now.

  2. Chris says:

    “Already, such names as Roberto Martinez, Gus Poyet and even Rafael Benitez are being linked with the now vacant position at The Victoria Ground.”

    Victoria Ground? Are they time travellers as well as football managers? ;)

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