Stoke City's expectations of signing United States forward Juan Agudelo seem to be totally over after Juan was refused a work permit. The twenty year old footballer had been anticipated to join during the transfer window in January, the time when his contract with Major League Soccer team New England Revolution ran out. In August, he signed up a pre-contract deal with the Potters.
On Wednesday, after attending a hearing in London with manager Mark Hughes, Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes told that they were highly disappointed that the panel rejected their appeal. Regrettably, under the regulations of the appeal panel system, they were handed no account why the application was denied and so could only assume as to the reasons why they have not been successful.
Stoke city managed to progress into the next round of the Capital One cup after beating Tranmere Rovers in the third round of the competition.
Despite this tough away fixture, Stoke managed to come out with a 2-0 victory. This led to the praise from manager Mark Hughes, who was also especially happy with the performance from midfielder Stephen Ireland. The Republic of Ireland midfielder was brought to the club only recently on a loan deal from Aston Villa. Since he is out of contract at the end of the season, it is widely expected that Stoke will sign him on a permanent basis.
Stoke City are one of the several teams currently having chosen the United States as the destination for their pre-season tour.
Under the management of Mark Hughes, the club will be looking to make the transition into attacking and attractive football in the coming season. Even though Stoke have not been hugely active in the transfer window, they have brought in some names as per the recommendation of Hughes. The manager has revealed that he has even more opportunity to sign quality players during the period he spends in the United States.
Tony Pulis was recently sacked as the Stoke City manager after seven years in charge at the club, but he has said in a statement that he understands the reason for losing his job.
Pulis is one of the few British managers to have never been relegated in his career. He took charge of Stoke City when they were a Championship club. He has not only managed to get them into the Premier league, but he has also managed to secure their status in the top division as well. However, there have been several criticisms of the manager, who largely resorts to long ball football.
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The Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has been able to make the club into an established Premier league outfit in the last few years. They have been consistently increasing their spending in the transfer window in order to reflect on their five-year status in the Premier league.
Despite this, the manager Pulis has said that staying in the Premier league still remains a top priority for the club. The TV revenue for the Premier league clubs will be increasing significantly in the forthcoming season. The clubs can look forward to receiving around £ 70 million just from TV money alone next season.
The Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has said that he is extremely delighted that the defender Ryan Shawcross has signed a new deal with the club.
The former Manchester United man recently extended his stay at the club by five more years after signing a new deal that will make him the best paid player at the club. Peter Crouch is currently the highest paid player due to his wages of £ 45,000 per week, which will now be matched by the contract of Ryan Shawcross. Shawcross has been one of the main reasons for the incredible defensive record Stoke have this season.
The Fulham manager Martin Jol decided to criticise the Stoke City team after the recent 1-0 defeat by saying that the Potters were extremely dirty in the match. Stoke City have a reputation for playing physical football that has also helped them stay in the Premier league after four years following the promotion from the Championship.
Their brand of football has not won the lot of plaudits and it was the case once again after the match against Fulham. Fulham were defeated 1-0 in this away match for the Londoners. Despite being coming into the match on the back of a good run of form, Fulham were unable to cope with the physical presence of Stoke City.
The defender of Stoke City, Andy Wilkinson, has said that Manchester United shouldn’t make the mistake of taking his time lightly in the upcoming match. Stoke City will take on the Red Devils at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Stoke City team wasn’t able to perform well in the last season and had finished at no. 14 in the points table. But, the team has performed decently in the current season so far. The Potters have lost only one match out of the seven matches that they have played in the ongoing Premier League. They have won one match and the rest five matches have finished without any result. The Stoke team currently has eight points and it is placed at no. 12 in the points table.
The Stoke city manager Tony Pulis has said that he is the extremely disappointed not to have helped Stoke city win their first match against Liverpool at Anfield for 49 years.
The record held by Liverpool of being unbeaten against Stoke city in the league for more than 49 years is the longest standing unbeaten record in all of English football. Stoke city have come extremely close to ending this record in the last few years. This time around, Tony Pulis was looking to bring an end to this record once and for all. However, Stoke city were able to manage only a 0-0 draw with Liverpool during the weekend.