Tony Pulis denies reports he is ready to quit as Stoke City boss
TONY Pulis has angrily denied a national newspaper report today which claims he could walk out of Stoke City at the end of the season.
It alleges he will consider his future this summer after becoming disillusioned at recent results and a lack of financial support for his first-team plans.
Pulis is furious that the report could paint a picture of serious discord between himself and the ruling Coates family.
He insists he retains a healthy relationship with chairman Peter Coates and his family - and always will.
"On transfer fees and money spent on the first team," he stated, "nobody can question the Coates family on the amount of money they have invested in this football club.
"Anybody who says anything else is being disrespectful to a family that should be held in high esteem.
"As I have said before, my relationship with Peter is not just a football relationship, but a personal relationship as well. I class him as a friend, and I mean a friend."
Pulis, Stoke manager for nine of the last 10 years in two spells at the club, also dismissed the suggestion that he had no time for the club's Academy because it was draining resources from first-team affairs.
"I have got reservations on the way it is run, yes, but every football club that is successful up and down the country has to have a vibrant and progressive youth policy.
"It was me who brought in Denis Smith and Alan Durban into our Academy, to get more people with a football background and a local knowledge involved."