Tony Pulis Still The Right Man For The Stoke City Job, Says Steve Simonsen

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Simonsen believes Pulis is the man to keep Stoke up.Former Stoke City goalkeeper Steve Simonsen has backed his old boss Tony Pulis to keep the club in the Premier League this season.

The Potters have hit some poor form in the second half of the campaign and find themselves in a somewhat surprising relegation battle, which has raised questions over Pulis’ future, despite being regarded as one of Stoke’s best ever managers.

Simonsen spent six years at Stoke, and believes Pulis’ job will be safe come the end of the season, as he knows what it takes to get the team to perform.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said:

“The manager and the chairman have worked together for a long time and they trust each other implicitly.

“Peter Coates, the chairman, knows Tony Pulis is the right man for the job. He has got Stoke to where they are today, albeit at this moment in time they are not in a fantastic position, and I am certain they will not be relegated.

“Tony certainly won’t panic. He will do things the way he knows things work. He won’t change anything. He knows what has got them to the position they are now.

“There will be no panic. He will not do anything differently. The chairman and manager have a very good relationship and I’m certain Tony Pulis will be there until the end of the season at the very least.”

Stoke currently sit 16th in the Premier League, just three points above 18th place Wigan, who have two games in hand on the Potters.

Pulis’ side have picked up just four points in their previous nine matches and face fellow relegation battlers Norwich, QPR and Sunderland in their next three matches.

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