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Another EPL manager goes, as Tony Pulis leaves Stoke City

May 22, 2013, 8:19 AM EDT

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Yesterday this news was circling around the British press.

This morning, it is official.

Stoke City and Tony Pulis mutually agreed to end his seven year stay at the Britannia Stadium, after the Potters failed to kick on after a promising start to the 2012-13 campaign.

The Staffordshire club were just one point off the top four going into December, but they won just four of their final 23 games of the season to get sucked into the relegation battle before eventually surviving with a game to spare.

short statement on the clubs website confirmed Pulis’ exit, as the Welshman will look elsewhere for a new challenge.

“Stoke City and Tony Pulis confirm that they have mutually agreed that Tony will leave the club with immediate effect.”

Despite this being on the cards for a while, Pulis has delivered yet another solid season in the EPL. Since Stoke’ EPL debut in 2008-09, they haven’t finished lower than 14th. However they haven’t finished higher than 11th, with Stoke’s chairman Peter Coates and other directors seemingly frustrated with the stagnation and lack of progress over the past few seasons.

With Pulis gone, Stoke are rumored to be lining up Rafael Benitez as the new manager. That would be a major move for Stoke’s soccer identity and future aspirations. We shall wait and see if Benitez returns to the North West of England where he has such fond memories whilst at Liverpool. What does this mean for the USMNT trio of Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Maurice Edu? Who knows.

But Pulis’ departure hits home just how short a manager’s lifespan in England is these days. Pulis became the 56th Premier or Football League manager to leave his job since the start of the 2012-13 season. This is incredible.

There are 92 professional clubs in England’s four divisions, so well over half will have new managers for the 2013-14 season.

So far this season in the EPL, Mark Hughes, Roberto Di Matteo, Nigel Adkins, Martin O’Neill, Brian McDermott, Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Roberto Mancini and Pulis have either been fired or stepped down from their job.

Nine clubs will have different managers in charge when the 2013-14 season kicks off. Nine. Plenty of new names and faces will be arriving this summer, as the Premier League undergoes a huge facelift in terms of managers with a new global image the mantra.

It has been a ruthless and stormy EPL campaign. The main reason behind all this is the astronomical amounts of cash on offer next season. Chairman’s nerves were tested to the max and the huge new TV deal will see the EPL’s bottom side get over $100 million next year… the same amount Manchester United got this season for winning the title.

Were the nine managers who left, or where politely (we assume) told to leave, treated correctly under mounting pressure?

  1. billobrienschindimple - May 22, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    The turnover in management is insane.

    Brendan Rodgers is like the 30 the longest tenured mgr in English league football at the moment. Absolute madness.

  2. midtec2005 - May 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    I understand the comments about managers having a short lifespan these days, but this particular managers time had come. If any one of these moves was correct, it was this one. Stoke has had that 4th(!) highest net spending in the Premier League, their performance did not come close to reflecting that. Watching Stoke was like watching high school soccer… bad high school soccer. Just kick and pray. I’d love to see Benitez come because Brek Shea is one of their most technical players. He would probably do really well with Benitez.

  3. billobrienschindimple - May 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Should Benitez come to Stoke I could definitely see him using Shea in a similar manner to the way he used Meireles and Benayoun.

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