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This.With his tracksuit, cap, and meticulous grooming, Pulis always reminds me of a suburban crypto-fascist. The kind of guy who gets a bit too excited at his kids' football matches, but saves the real emotional outburst for the privacy of his home, where he has untrammeled access to an "antique German" paddle he bought off eBay that he can take to his underperforming 10 year old midfielders.
The model tory pillar of the community who shovels his considerable salary into funding various hate groups that sow discontent in council estates a world away.
The smiling patron of the small suburban shop who is always gracious (but never jokey) with the cashier, regardless of his national origin, but immediately assumes the worst should any youth come in who does not meet his rigorous cultural norms.
I'm not saying Pulis is these things. I'm saying that when I look at him, this is what my imagination tells me about him.
(Watch he ends up being a trotskyist keeping the naxalites in clover)
Fair enough. Though I was ambivalent about him until I noticed a thread of xenophobia in his comments.no hint of prejudice in there then
Given that he has never pursued an attacking philosophy, why do you suppose he would go for it if an attacking side landed in his lap?
He has had more than enough cash at Stoke to build a quality side, all he ever did was buy more cloggers.
I can't be arsed looking up the stats, but I am sure I remember reading somewhere that over the last few years, the only teams to have spent more on transfers (net spend) than Stoke were Chelsea and City.