Stoke to spend Christmas together

23 December 2010 02:42
Stoke City's players will be taken away to an undisclosed location on Christmas day to prepare for a run of four games in 10 days.Potters boss Tony Pulis says the squad will be kept together for three days to plan for the games ahead. [LNB]Pulis told BBC Radio Stoke: "They can open presents with their kiddies and have lunch and then they come with us. [LNB]"They'll report on Christmas night to a hotel and we'll have them together for three days." [LNB]Stoke face Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Boxing Day before entertaining Fulham on 28 December. [LNB]The Potters currently occupy 13th place in the Premier League, five points clear of the drop zone but only six points off a Europa League spot. [LNB]And with the league so tight and 12 points to play for over the festive period, Pulis is taking no chances.[LNB] We're very fortunate that the Coates family run this football club in a proper manner and I think everybody's bought into it Tony Pulis "We won't let them out of our sights," he said. "We'll play the game on Tuesday, then they'll have Wednesday off." [LNB]Pulis' team make the trip to Blackburn to face a Rovers side still coming to terms with the dismissal of manager Sam Allardyce by Indian owners Venky's Group. [LNB]First-team coach Steve Kean has been placed in charge until the end of the season but a number of senior players including defenders Christopher Samba and Ryan Nelson have spoken out against Allardyce's removal. [LNB]"The disappointing thing for me is that managers usually get sacked for poor results and Sam and Chris (Hughton) at Newcastle have both lost their jobs without having bad results," Pulis said. [LNB]"We've had stability for the last five years now which is lovely and I think it shows. [LNB]"We're very fortunate that the Coates family run this football club in a proper manner and I think everybody's bought into it. [LNB]"The community have joined forces with the football club too, it's unique in lots of ways and may that long continue," Pulis added.

Source: BBC_Sport