After 10 total years as manager of Stoke City, including the current run of seven straight seasons, Tony Pulis is leaving the club.
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BREAKING NEWS: Stoke City confirm Tony Pulis has left the club by mutual consent.5/21/2013, 8:28:28 PM
According to Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror, the decision for Pulis and the club to part ways was made on Tuesday morning after the manager met with chairman Peter Coates.
Pulis' longevity was certainly impressive, as Paul Carr of ESPN noted:
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Tony Pulis reportedly out at Stoke. He was the second-longest tenured PL manager (behind Wenger).5/21/2013, 1:31:35 PM
BBC Sport also noted Pulis' career record and win percentage:
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Tony Pulis: 333 games, 122 wins (37%) 98 draws, 113 losses. Reaction: http://t.co/0PV3dnY7Td #bbcsportsday #scfc http://t.co/XWrCHag1kr5/21/2013, 2:16:05 PM
All in all, a lot of managers with longevity at their clubs have departed this offseason. First, Sir Alex Ferguson retired. Then David Moyes left Everton, albeit to replace Ferguson at Manchester United. Now, Pulis is leaving Stoke.
His reign was mostly successful. Pulis took over in November of the 2002-03 season and managed to stave off relegation, keeping the team in the championship for the three years he spent at the club. He would then leave the club and manage Plymouth Argyle in the 2005-06 season.
But his parting from Stoke would be short-lived, and he returned to the club in the 2006-07 season. He would then lead Stoke City to its first stint in the Premier League in 23 years for the 2008-09 season, where they've remained since.
He became the first manager in Stoke City history to guide the team to an FA Cup final in 2011, which also led to a berth in the 2011-12 Europa League.
In 2012-13, Stoke City finished in 13th place and six points clear of relegation, a decent finish for the club but hardly progress. Still, for a club that had gone 23 years between Premier League stints, the fact that Pulis never finished below 14th on the table during his tenure was impressive.
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