Tony Pulis: Stoke City project is still a work in progress (video)
TONY Pulis says he is ready to quit as Stoke City boss – when he has left a lasting legacy on the club.
The Welshman has faced growing fan anger unprecedented since promotion to the Premier League five years ago.
But he insists his work is far from done after nine seasons in two spells at the Britannia Stadium.
He says keeping the club in the Premier League is vital to not only strengthen the first team, but also to build the club's off-field infrastructure.
"We came into the Premier League miles behind the game in lots of respects," he said.
"I prefer to lay foundations for future generations. I'm not a manager who wants to come in, do one thing, then walk away at the first opportunity.
"I've always enjoyed building clubs. The longest times I've had at clubs were Gillingham, where we built it up, and now here, where we are trying to push on."
On the question of leaving, he added: "There comes a time when it's right – but that's not at the moment."
He stressed that maintaining the confidence of his players was key to arresting a slide of three successive defeats heading into tomorrow's home clash with West Brom (3pm).
"We've got a group who go out there every week to do their best," he stated, "and that's all you can ask for.
"Players are the most important people at any club and they thrive on confidence.
"It's very important the players feel they have the supporters behind them and they deserve that for what they have achieved over the last four or five years.
"We have to protect them, look after them and instil confidence in them before they go out for games.
"The players haven't deserved what they've got, especially away from home, but we have to recognise that when we get control of a game we have to put it to bed."