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Stoke boss Pulis: Academy system makes it too easy for youngsters

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis remains no big fan of the academy system.

Pulis fears today's young footballers have it all too easy.

"We call it the Akidemy," Pulis told the Guardian. "I think we're telling kids at 16 years of age that they're in a special place. I'm not saying that there were things when I was younger [at Bristol Rovers] that I didn't think I should be doing, but I think we've gone so far the other way that it's frightening. All the health and safety and everything else... you haven't got room to breathe.

"I always think the best players come from the areas where there are loads of chimney pots, where they have been brought up a little bit tougher than the others. When you bring them in they've got that desire and that determination. I'm not saying that runs with everyone; there are players that have come through private education and gone on to become great players. I just think we've gone far too far the other away."



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