Stoke boss Tony Pulis tells Tottenham to mind their own business

21 April 2011 12:20
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has followed his chairman by hitting back in the row surrounding their rearranged fixture with Manchester City, insisting the matter had 'nothing to do with anyone else'.

The two clubs were due to meet at Eastlands on FA Cup final weekend but their participation in the showpiece has forced a rethink and the game is now set for three days later on May 17.

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That has prompted a complaint from Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, who is concerned about Stoke's attitude towards the game depending on the result of the final.

If Stoke were to lose at Wembley they could still qualify for next season's Europa League if City were to finish in the top four in the Premier League.

That would see City make the Champions League and mean they would notneed the FA Cup's Europa League place, which would instead go to the Potters.

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But Pulis said on Thursday: 'I can see where he (Redknapp) is coming from but whichever team we send out will do their best. The fixture is there, we are happy with it, Manchester City are happy with it and it has nothing to do with anyone else.'

He added: 'Spurs have played Wigan twice this year, and Wigan have taken four points off them. Harry has picked a team on two occasions to win both games. You can never pick a game and say it won't be difficult.We will go out and do our best.

'If they shifted the fixture I would be more annoyed than Harry. Whichever team I pick I expect to win.'

Redknapp had said: 'I think they should look at it. The chairman spoke to me last night about it. We feel it should be changed - but it'sa bit out of my hands.'

City are currently fourth, two points ahead of fifth-placed Spurs.

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