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Tony Pulis says row with James Beattie is over

We have moved on from row - Pulis

Stoke manager Tony Pulis says he has settled his row with James Beattie following their bust-up on Saturday.

It is alleged the pair had to be separated in the dressing room after a 2-0 defeat by Arsenal following a disagreement over a day off.

"We had a meeting with the group on Monday, where James was involved, and I've also had a meeting with James himself," said Pulis.

"As far as I'm concerned a line has been drawn under it and we move on."

Stoke said they would hold an investigation into the incident, which occurred after Pulis told his players he expected them to train on Monday despite having previously agreed to give them the day off to attend a Christmas party.

But Pulis said the story should never have emerged in the first place.

"I've been in football 17 years and I know what to expect," he said.

"I've always had certain golden rules and one is what happens in the dressing room stays in the dressing room for lots of reasons.

"One is respect: respect for that group and the players. It should be kept within the group.


"I've never felt the need to come out and discuss things that have happened."

Beattie, 31, is struggling to be fit for Saturday's away visit to Wigan after picking up a knee injury on Tuesday.

But Pulis was adamant the former England striker would be in contention for selection if he is fit.

"He trained on Tuesday, hurt his knee, had an injection and didn't train Wednesday or Thursday," added Pulis.

"We're hoping he'll be on the training ground on Friday. If he's there - he'll be be selected for the squad on Saturday. That says it all.

"If I pick him for Saturday, there will be no problems."

And Pulis told BBC Radio 5 Live that he was no stranger to dealing with flare-ups between players.

"The spirit in the dressing room cannot be questioned," he said.

"There was an incident between Ricardo Fuller and Andy Griffin against West Ham last year and there was a massive furore about that.

"But the players responded by having a great second half of the season. These things from outside can affect you but the best thing you can do as a club is get on with it and win football matches."

There's a lot of areas where matters need to stay in-house

Hull boss Phil Brown

Beattie, who joined Stoke from Sheffield United in the January transfer window last season, became a big favourite at the club when his seven goals during last season's run-in played a significant part in keeping the Potters in the Premier League.

And while he has only scored twice this season, in October's 2-1 win over West Ham, Beattie has still been a key member of a squad that currently sits in 11th, seven points off the relegation zone.

The incident between Pulis and Beattie was followed two days later by a "difference of opinion" between QPR boss Jim Magilton and Akos Buzsaky, which led to the Rangers boss being suspended.

And Hull boss Phil Brown said the job of a manager was not made any easier by the stories making their way into the media.

"I do have sympathy for the managers," Brown told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"There's a lot of areas where matters need to stay in-house and unfortunately for those two managers, those things have leaked out."

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see also
Beattie & Stoke 'resolve' dispute
09 Dec 09 |  Stoke
Beattie eyes Stoke exit after row
08 Dec 09 |  Stoke
Stoke investigate alleged bust-up
07 Dec 09 |  Stoke
Pulis gracious after Stoke defeat
06 Dec 09 |  Stoke
Arsenal 2-0 Stoke City
05 Dec 09 |  Premier League
Striker Beattie signs for Potters
12 Jan 09 |  Stoke

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