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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 June, 2005, 11:38 GMT 12:38 UK
Pulis not surprised by dismissal
Former Stoke boss Tony Pulis
Sacked Stoke boss Tony Pulis hopes the Potters do not come to regret their decision to fire him.

Pulis was sacked by the Potters just two weeks after signing a new contract at the Britannia stadium.

But Pullis told BBC Radio Stoke: "I've been in the game since I was 16 and nothing surprises you any more.

"I'm obviously disappointed but the chairman has decided to go in a different way and I hope he's made the right decision."

Former Holland World Cup star Johan Boskamp is expected to be named as Pulis's successor.

The new manager will inherit a good set of lads
Former Stoke boss Tony Pulis

Pulis added: "The most important thing is the club and that it pushes on to get things sorted out before the start of the season.

"I took the club over and honestly believed that with the right backing we could get into the Premiership."

During the last two season, Pulis guided Stoke to 10th and 12th place - despite having sold top scorer Adi Akinbiyi last season.

"We sold our top scorer and never replaced him," said Pulis who was named Championship manager of the month last Ferbruary.

"The new manager will inherit a good set of lads with a lot of character in the dressing-room, but he will need to add to the squad."


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