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Stoke and Pulis part company after seven years

Published: Tuesday 21 May 2013, 22.15CET
After seven years in his second spell at the helm, manager Tony Pulis has "mutually agreed" to part company with Stoke City FC, who finished 13th in this season's Premier League.
Stoke and Pulis part company after seven years
Tony Pulis was appointed Stoke manager for a second time in 2006 ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 21 May 2013, 22.15CET

Stoke and Pulis part company after seven years

After seven years in his second spell at the helm, manager Tony Pulis has "mutually agreed" to part company with Stoke City FC, who finished 13th in this season's Premier League.

Manager Tony Pulis has left Stoke City FC after seven years in his second spell in charge.

Pulis, originally at the Stoke helm from late 2002 until the end of the 2004/05 campaign, was reappointed at the start of the 2006/07 season. He guided Stoke to promotion to the Premier League in his second term back in the job and has since kept them in the top flight for five successive seasons.

The Potters reached the FA Cup final for the first time in 2011, though they were defeated 1-0 by Manchester City FC. As a result they played in the UEFA Europa League the following campaign, eventually succumbing 2-0 on aggregate to Valencia CF in the round of 32.

Stoke finished 13th this term with 42 points, fewer than in any of their four previous seasons back among the English elite. "Stoke City and Tony Pulis confirm they have mutually agreed that Tony will leave the club with immediate effect," read a Stoke statement.

Last updated: 22/05/13 1.48CET

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