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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 June, 2005, 13:03 GMT 14:03 UK
Manager Pulis is sacked by Stoke
Tony Pulis
Pulis has made a shock departure from Stoke
Stoke City have sacked manager Tony Pulis, claiming he has failed to exploit the foreign transfer market.

The 47-year-old Welshman took Stoke to 12th in the Championship last season after once topping the table.

Chairman Gunnar Por Gislason said: "Despite all the good work he has done, he has failed to implement the strategy of exploiting foreign markets.

"It is felt we will again fail to exploit those markets this summer with him in control."

Pulis has seen a number of departures in the close season, with only striker Mamady Sidibe arriving from Gillingham.

A lack of goals saw the Potters fall away from the top of the table early on to eventually finish a disappointing 12th, but his departure is still a major surprise.


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