Stoke City: Tony Pulis urges reality check after fans jeer Potters following West Ham United defeat
TONY Pulis insists he won't turn on the fans who are criticising struggling Stoke.
The Potters boss accepts he is in for a rough ride from fans fed up after a run of one win in nine games.
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But he is adamant his skin is thick enough to take the kind of knocks which characterised the end of his first spell as manager and the start of his second.
Speaking after Saturday's 1-0 home defeat by West Ham, Pulis said: "I have to accept there's going to be criticism if supporters want more... and supporters do want more.
"In football, at the level we are, they want to improve year after year after year.
"I want that too, but someone has got to take a reality check now and then.
"I went to watch Bolton on Tuesday and I also watched Wolves. Then you look at Blackburn. We are fortunate to be in the Premier League.
"I've worked here before when things weren't going well and took some stick, so I've got broad shoulders."
Pulis, who heard jeers and ironic cheers at times on Saturday, said he would never criticise paying fans who opt to voice their disapproval.
"The supporters have been absolutely fantastic," he continued, "and they have a right to say what they want.
"If you are going to worry about what the crowd is saying you shouldn't be managing.
"In five years we've stayed in the Premier League, reached four quarter-finals, a semi-final and an FA Cup final, and reached the last 32 in Europe, so we haven't done badly.
"But we know if you don't get results, then people get frustrated and will want more. I have to accept that."
Pulis's bid to improve a record of one win in 23 Premier League games on the road is not helped by news Matthew Etherington could still be out for next Sunday's trip to Newcastle. "His back is still sore and there's concern about that," Pulis admitted.