Stoke boss Pulis insists no split with chief scout Parsons

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has no problem with chief scout Lindsay Parsons after his criticism of the team's playing style.

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has no problem with chief scout Lindsay Parsons after his criticism of the team's playing style.

Pulis says such differences are a healthy indication he does not employ 'yes' men to work with.

"I haven't spoken to Linds yet," said Pulis. "What he's said I won't know until I speak with him, but things can be misinterpreted.

"One thing I will say is that the staff I've had over the years – whether it be Lindsay, Gerry Francis, Peter Reid, Dave Kemp – they're all strong characters. They say what they think and then we get on with it.

"We've not always agreed on things, but the one thing is he (Parsons) is still with me.

"Peter is the same. Reidy was fantastic, a great character. We've had some fun me and Reidy in respect to our different views.

"I don't surround myself with 'yes' men. I surround myself with people who say what they say. I'd rather have people who say what they think."

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