Chipping In with Darren Foreman: End of an era as Pulis leaves Stoke

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Tony Pulis showed his class this week after writing a letter to Stoke City’s fans in their local newspaper after he left his post as manager.

Pulis joked in his letter that unlike Roberto Mancini, he couldn’t afford to take out a full-page advert, as he thanked the fans for their support over the seven years he was in charge.

I think Pulis has been hard done to by the fans of Stoke. He did a great job there and he created a team who were hard to beat and played to their strengths.

It’s a sign of things to come in the Premier League though, as club chairmen are looking for the more ‘modern, continental approach’.

The last few weeks, and the coming weeks will be dominated by rumours of managers coming and going, with several positions vacant and the managerial merry-go-round in full effect already.

Mark Hughes is the favourite to go to Stoke and I can’t for the life of me see why they would want to employ him.

It’s a big appointment for them after they seem to have decided to go in a different direction, and to appoint a man who hasn’t exactly set the world on fire at Manchester City and then QPR would be odd to say the least.

The name of Roberto Martinez is also being banded around there and also at Everton, and I think he will be the man to take over from David Moyes at Goodison Park.

There are also the high profile positions at Man City and Chelsea to fill, but I fully expect Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho to fill those respective posts in the coming weeks.

I think both those deals have been done and dusted for weeks now and they will be confirmed soon.

England’s cricket team showed promise in the first Test against New Zealand, but there were areas for concern, particularly with the batting.

They looked very weak in the batting department, and Nick Compton looks out of his depth at the top of the order.

I think Michael Carberry looks a better option in that opening berth, or young Yorkshire batsman Joe Root should be moved up the order.

It was great to see how the guys bowled though, with Stuart Broad back to his best it seems, and Jimmy Anderson making the 300 Test wickets mark.

If they can get a good knock under their belts at Headingley, they will be all set for the Ashes.

I noted Martin Dowey’s column this week about the facilities at Scarborough RUFC.

I have to add to that, their facilities are superb and are the jewel in Scarborough’s sporting crown.

It is a shame that we couldn’t have seen a joint venture with the football club playing there as well, but they are forging forward as a club and are doing very well.

They are doing particularly well off the field, with Graeme Young the driving force behind the club, and I believe they are going to start pushing for success on the field too.

They have a new coach and I hope they have a good season next year too.

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: It has to be Yeovil, who beat Sheffield United and then Brentford to make the Championship.

They were second favourites to go down at the start of the season and Gary Johnson has worked wonders to get them up.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “The solitude of boxing is an important - you have to embrace it. Some people can’t cope with being on their own and they have to have huge entourages around them telling them they are ‘the man’. I don’t need that... I’d hate it in fact.” Carl Froch ahead of his huge rematch against Dane Mikkel Kessler tomorrow night.