Stoke owner tackles pro-Pulis vs anti-Pulis dressing room divide
Stoke owner Peter Coates has been forced to step in to end a dressing room divide between players who support former boss Tony Pulis and those who were glad to see the back of him.
The catalyst for the row was comments made by striker Kenwyne Jones in which he accused Pulis of playing “sky” football.
Defender Ryan Shawcross is said to have confronted the Trinidadian over his criticism of Pulis, which resulted in a stand-up row between the pair. With other players taking sides and tensions building, 75-year-old Coates tried to draw a line under the bust-up.
One Potters player told the Daily Mail: “Ryan was waiting for Kenwyne when he came into training and said, ‘You’re brave, aren’t you, didn’t hear you criticising the boss when he was here,’ and it all kicked off from there.
“All the players are happy with what the new manager is trying to do, but there are a group who owe a lot in their careers to Tony Pulis and don’t like hearing him being rubbished.
“It rumbled on until the message came from the chairman. He said we ought to remember what had been achieved in the old regime.
“In seven years the club went from fighting relegation in the Championship to an unbroken five years in the Premier League, an FA Cup final and playing European football.
“It was clear he was very angry.”