Peter Coates: Tony Pulis has final say on Stoke City transfers
STOKE City chairman Peter Coates has stressed that manager Tony Pulis will always have the final say on the buying and selling of players.
Stoke are developing a more sophisticated scouting network to try to extend their tentacles into less familiar markets for the club.
The signings of American duo Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea in the last six months is an example of their growing grasp on potential signings in the United States.
The club also hope to develop a keener grapevine in Europe in a bid to broaden its horizons in the coming years.
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But Coates says that while Pulis might have to rely on more eyes and ears than ever before, Stoke would continue to be run along traditional lines when it came to in-coming and out-going transfers.
"No player will come into the club or go out of the club without his approval," he said. "That is absolutely crystal clear.
"He may be one of the few managers to be in that privileged position, I don't know, but that is certainly the situation here."
His comments come after he caused a minor stir over the weekend by appearing to question the club record £10m signing of Peter Crouch 18 months ago.
But Coates added: "I did question the deal financially because it was a lot of money. If you buy a player at the later end of his career it's quite clearly more difficult to get your money back.
"But the manager wanted him and I did it for the manager – and at no time was it a criticism of the player."
Coates also said Crouch's experience had its place at Stoke because there remained a balance to be had between older players and younger potential like deadline-day signing Jack Butland.
"We want a balanced squad, as does the manager, because a good squad is made up of experience and younger promise, so we are certainly not saying we won't buy experienced players in the future," he explained.
"The ultimate objective is to remain in the Premier League and you need a good squad, made up of youth and experience, to do that."
He said Stoke looked good for a sixth season in the top flight, but stopped short of saying they were home and hosed on 33 points following Saturday's 2-1 win over Reading.
"I only accept we are safe when you know you cannot go down," he warned.
"But we are in a better position than we were last Friday.
"Hopefully, we will now be looking up rather than down, but I've been in football too long to make any predictions."
Meanwhile, Coates has been made a vice-president of the FA in recognition of his work for the game's governing body over the past two decades.
Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the Footballer Supporters' Federation and a life-long Stoke fan, has paid tribute to Coates after sitting on the FA Council with the Stoke chairman.
"I congratulate Peter on his appointment," said Clarke. "He has made a valuable contribution to the work of the FA based on wisdom and common sense.
"I also appreciate the support he has given to me on the FA Council."