Beattie sure Stoke chairman keen on big cash finish

James Beattie wants Stoke City to finish as high as possible - so to boost the club's finances.

James Beattie wants Stoke City to finish as high as possible - so to boost the club's finances.

Beattie is aware of the massive financial difference between each finishing position in the Premier League, ensuring every single point carries enormous significance once safety is mathematically assured.

“The chairman has been in the papers saying he’s quite a poor man,” he joked in The Sentinel, in reference to this week’s news of the growing success of bet365 and the reported £100m rise in Peter Coates’s personal fortune.

“He’s done tremendously well with his company and I’m sure he’s interested in the £800k for every place (Stoke rise in the Premier League table), but as long as he takes the lads for a night out I don’t mind either way.”