Stoke City’s Tony Pulis harbours ambitions of coaching abroad

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis admits he would be interested in managing abroad when his spell at the Britannia Stadium ends

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Tony Pulis admits he wants to manage abroad when he calls time on his spell at Stoke City.

The 54-year-old is currently in America, with the Potters taking part in four pre-season friendlies ahead of the new season.

Pulis, who has previously managed Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth, has yet to test his coaching skills outside of England – but the Stoke boss says it is an option he would consider should the opportunity arise.

“One day I will want to work abroad,” said Pulis. “I’ve made that pretty clear to everybody. When I’m finished at Stoke then going abroad is a massive option for me.

“Coming over here [to America’s Major League Soccer] and working in this environment, if the chance and opportunity is there at one of the sides, I certainly would look at it.”

Peter Crouch has scored 10 goals in 32 appearances since moving from Tottenham to Stoke in a £10m deal last summer – and the England international believes his side will reap the rewards of their pre-season tour of America when the Premier League kicks off later this month.

“We’re not used to it [the heat],” said Crouch. “When we go back to England, we’ll feel the benefits of coming here and playing in this heat.”

Pulis, who took charge at the Britannia Stadium for a second time in 2006, led Stoke City into the Premier League in 2008 and has managed to establish the Potters as a top-flight side.

He masterminded Stoke’s run to the FA Cup final in 2011, where they lost 1-0 to Manchester City in the Wembley showpiece, but qualified for the Europa League thanks to their cup run.

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