Stoke manager aims to consolidate

17 May 2009 12:48
Stoke City will need "two or three years" to establish themselves as a Premier League club, according to manager Tony Pulis. The Potters' 2-0 win against Wigan at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday means they will finish their debut season in the top flight no lower than 13th. "We need at least two or three years in the Premier League to get it all settled down," he told BBC Radio Stoke. "That's what we want to do and then we can really push on." Pulis added: "The football club has pushed on enormously but what we must not do is get carried away. "We need to bring more players in, with better quality but with the same DNA - good characters, strong personalities, who will work their socks off for the 28,000 that turn up here every week." A victory at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal on the final day of the campaign could be enough to see Stoke finish in the top half of the table. The Potters' home form has been their main strength and the win over Wigan was the 10th time they have collected three points at home this season. "You've got to give great credit to the supporters," said Pulis. "They've set us apart from other clubs, they've been unique. They've picked the baton up and pushed us forward. "It's been a difficult week because the players had already achieved what we set out to achieve, so to get them going again has been difficult. "The relief was clear to see in training, but I was desperate to win the game for the supporters and I wanted to get that through to the players."

Source: BBC_Sport