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Sacked Stoke City manager Tony Pulis. Picture: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Sacked Stoke City manager Tony Pulis. Picture: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Sacked Stoke City manager Tony Pulis. Picture: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

STOKE winger Matt Etherington is confident chairman Peter Coates will make the correct call in his search for the club's next manager.

Tony Pulis' seven-year reign at the Britannia Stadium came to an end last night, with the club confirming the termination of the manager's contract.

Etherington believes Pulis did a good job for the Potters, getting them into the Premier League and securing finishes between 11th and 14th in their five seasons.

And while Coates may have decided to take Stoke in another direction the former West Ham player believes it will be for the good of the club.

"We will wait and see who the club decide to bring in," he said.

"The chairman is a very sensible man, very level-headed and knows his football and he will definitely bring in the right person for Stoke."

Supporters became disenchanted with poor form and performances in the second half of the season which saw the Potters win just three of 19 league matches and briefly flirt with the prospect of relegation.

But Etherington warned them to be careful what they wished for.

"Fans were grumbling saying they wanted him out or wanted a change but it looks like they have got their wish," he said.

"You have to be careful what you wish for in football sometimes. You look at Charlton under Alan Curbishley and look where they are now."


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