Stoke City: It's 400 up for TP, but he's still way off Waddo's record
TONY Pulis notches up his 400th game as Stoke City boss at Liverpool tomorrow ... and is already casting half-an-eye towards Tony Waddington's club record.
Pulis will need another 365 matches – at least another seven seasons – if he is to pass his legendary predecessor.
And he has mixed feelings about whether he will last that long as Stoke manager after already stacking up the equivalent of eight seasons at the Brit.
"I won't get there," was his initial reaction, before adding: "I might just do it, if I'm still alive."
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He continued: "To get to 400 is brilliant, lovely. I'll now have to see if I can get to 500."
Pulis, whose first match was a forgettable 4-2 defeat at Walsall in November 2002, is now fifth on an all-time list of City managers headed by Waddington on 764.
Pulis was impressed by Liverpool after watching their 1-0 win at Manchester City in Wednesday's Carling Cup semi-final first leg.
"I thought they were very good first half, much better than City," he said. "In the second half they did what they had to do to win.
"We are obviously under no illusion about the task ahead this weekend, but we will go there and give our best and see what we come away with."
Stoke travel north tomorrow with an injury doubt still hovering over full-back Andy Wilkinson.
But Thomas Sorensen, Marc Wilson, Matthew Etherington and Peter Crouch, who were all omitted from the FA Cup win at Gillingham last week, are expected to start.
Meanwhile, Stoke are remaining distinctly cool on the possibility of signing trialist Michael Uchebo from Dutch club VVV Venlo.
The 21-year-old Nigerian has spent two days training with the Stoke first-team squad this week, but he has made only a modest impression.
Venlo are reportedly seeking at least £1m for Uchebo.
TICKETS for Stoke's fourth-round FA Cup tie at Derby County will go on sale to season ticket-holders on Tuesday priced at £16.
Tickets for the January 28 clash at Pride Park go on general sale from January 25, priced at £19.
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