Pulis' seven-year reign at the Britannia Stadium came to a close on Tuesday and he believes it is a case of the club wanting to do things differently in the future.

"Although I am disappointed, I do understand what he means when he says the board feels a need to take the club in a different direction," Pulis said, adding a word of appreciation for his staff and the club's fans.

"In leaving I am very proud of what we have all achieved. My immediate staff led by David Kemp, my backroom staff and all the training ground staff have been absolutely wonderful," Pulis continued.

"To the supporters who have, and rightly so, been congratulated for their outstanding support especially at the Britannia and finally to all the players who have worked under me during the seven year tenure, I give my thanks for what has been a wonderful adventure."

Chairman Peter Coates said he and the club were grateful for the work Pulis had done in guiding them from the Championship to consolidation in the Premier League.

Coates said: "The last seven years have been some of the best in our long history and I would like to thank Tony for his huge contribution in this. I personally regard him as a great friend and will hugely miss working with him.
"We will now begin the difficult task of searching for a successor to Tony. This will be done in private and the club will make no further statement in respect of this search until an appointment is made."
Pulis' second stint in charge of the club began in 2006 and he guided Stoke to 13th place in the top flight in 2012-13.