Stoke boss ready to make changes

29 May 2009 09:43
Stoke City boss Tony Pulis is planning changes at the club as they prepare for a second season in the Premier League.Pulis has already released fitness coach John McKeown and more alterations to the backroom team are expected. "What we have to do as a football club is make sure we're prepared for next season and there will be changes all over," Pulis told BBC Radio Stoke. Meanwhile, a move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes in a player-coach role is believed to be unlikely. The 34-year-old former England international was linked with a switch to the Britannia Stadium in a national newspaper on Friday morning. But Stoke chairman Peter Coates is unaware of any interest that Pulis may have in bringing Scholes to the Potteries. However, Pulis is keen to ensure that Stoke build on their 12th-placed finish in their first ever season in the Premier League by freshening up his staff. "We have to push on and drive forward, and to do that changes will be made," he said. "We've had two successful years, and I'd rather change things now when we're winning, instead of waiting until things go badly and then people say you've only done it because results haven't been very good."

Source: BBC_Sport