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Francis hopeful of Potters role

Gerry Francis
Francis could be returning to football at Stoke

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Gerry Francis is hopeful of joining Stoke City as a coach on a part-time basis.

Francis has already helped the Potters' boss Tony Pulis coach the side at their training ground and hopes to make the role more formal.

The 56-year-old said: "Obviously Tony has gone into an area he's not been in before and wants me to do some coaching for him with his staff."

Francis was last in football management seven years ago at Bristol Rovers.

He started his playing career at QPR back in 1968 and went on to score 53 goals in 295 appearances at Loftus Road.

Francis, who also had spells with Crystal Palace and Coventry, won 12 England caps, eight of which were as captain.

When he finished playing in 1987 he went into management, including a three-season spell in charge at Tottenham for three seasons and two spells at both Bristol Rovers and QPR.


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