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  • Nickname:Potters
  • Founded:1863
  • Manager:Mark Hughes
  • Ground:Britannia Stadium
  • Capacity:28218
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Pulis: More to come from Potters

15 May 2010 - 14:16:45

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is confident that his team can go on to be a force in the Premier League in the next few years.

Since winning promotion from the Championship in the 2007-08 campaign, the Potters have defied their critics to secure two mid-table finishes and Pulis believes that is only the start.

"I really think there's a lot more to come from the club," he said. "We are looking to stay in the Premier League next year and we're looking to extend the ground to try to get the capacity up to 34,000. We sell out every week at 28,000 so there is still quite a bit of work to be done yet.

"I have been here for more than six years in two spells and I can remember having to drive to the old training ground, getting absolutely soaking wet, freezing with cold and then jumping in the car and driving back to the stadium to have a shower.

"We have now got state of the art stuff. We've got the training ground pitches (at Clayton Wood) and everything I could ever dream of as a manager. I actually walk into the training ground and look at it and think, 'You know, I've managed to put this in place'.

"We've brought in some good young players. If we wanted to sell Ryan Shawcross tomorrow his value would be unbelievable.

"We've got Robert Huth who has been brilliant in defence. We took Asmir Begovic from Portsmouth who is an outstanding goalkeeper and we have Andy Wilkinson.

"We are trying to improve the squad right the way through and we are also trying to find players who could have a big value (in the future)."


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