Stoke aim to progress next season
Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes has promised the club will not rest on their laurels and intend to be "competitive" in the transfer market in the summer. Manager Tony Pulis spent £27million following the club's promotion from the Coca-Cola Championship. As a result of shrewd investments, Stoke secured their Barclays Premier League status with two games to spare. Now chairman Peter Coates is keen to keep the momentum going, working in partnership with Scholes and Pulis. Scholes told PA Sport: "We are never going to have a transfer budget or a wage budget which matches clubs right at the top of the league. "But that said, Peter Coates has backed this club in fantastic fashion. Peter is clear, and all of us are clear, we want to stay in the Premier League next year and will do everything to achieve that goal. That includes financial backing. "Obviously clubs at our level do not spend the kind of money the teams at the top do. We will spend what we believe is required to be competitive. Tony has proved this season he can achieve fantastic results with that budget. He has done a magnificent job."
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