Why Stoke have cemented their place in the Premier League


Some argue that they aren’t pretty to watch, others may say they do not play football the right way, but Stoke City FC have conquered what many thought was impossible when they were promoted, and have established themselves in the top flight.

Fans of the Potters will undoubtedly defend their team to the hilt, citing substance ahead of style. This point can be justified by their performance over the last few seasons, avoiding second season syndrome and doing what the likes of Reading and Hull could not.

So how has Tony Pulis made Stoke City FC a stable, consistent Premier League football team?

Firstly he set about building the foundations.

He signed players like Ryan Shawcross, Mamady Sidibe and Ricardo Fuller, with attributes that echoed of power and strength rather than technically sound and skilful abilities.

With a clear image of how he wanted the team to perform, he began to add players around the stronghold. It was like watching somebody decorate a house.

Matthew Etherington and Jermaine Pennant, signed in 2009, proved to be the Jacuzzi bath tub and the 40 inch T.V, performing regularly and executing some exciting wing play.

Such was the quality of their appearances that whispers of England call ups were mentioned, although, perhaps undeservedly, they were cast aside. Evidence moreover that prejudice is rife regarding national selection.

The fans are among the most boisterous in the Premiership, which has helped make The Britannia Stadium a fortress. If there was ever any doubt about how important a part supporters play in the success of a side, The Potter’s fanatic following can proudly bury them.

However, the most plaudits must surely go to Tony Pulis. A manager who handles egos well and his critics even better, one gets the impression that he cares about his team and protects them when football fascists criticize their style of play.

He is a man that demands respect, and gets it. He has earned that respect too, not least with his exceptionally dignified and professional handling of the passing of his mother.

The progression in the last 3 years from a Championship side to an established Premier League outfit is perhaps one of the best success stories over the last 10 years or so, although Dave Whelan might argue his case at Wigan.

Their success in the top flight has gone way beyond a fluke; their FA cup run serving to prove any theories and doubters wrong. are seeking new writers to join the team! If you’re passionate about football, drop us a line at “” to learn more.

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