Stoke chairman Coates delighted with their summer market campaign

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates was pleased with their summer market work.

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates was pleased with their summer market work.

He believes the deadline-day signings of Peter Crouch, Wilson Palacios and Cameron Jerome, together with the earlier signatures of former England duo Jonathan Woodgate and Matthew Upson, now gives Stoke a chance to fight on all fronts in league and cup, in England and Europe.

"They are all good players and I can see where Tony Pulis is coming from," he told The Sentinel.

"It is quite clear we can get good players into Stoke City. It is a measure of how far we have come and a measure of the club's status in the game.

"We've got a big commitment this year football-wise and touch wood we can keep our Europa League run going.

"We've got a good squad now that will enable Tony Pulis to rest players and manage them in the way he wants."

But he also warned: "Football is not an exact science, it's an unpredictable business.

"When you have made such a huge investment you just hope it's going to work for you.

"There are never any guarantees, but we do think we have made some good signings."

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