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Stoke boss wants explanation for Portsmouth's financial meltdown

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has urged the Premier League and Football Association to investigate why Portsmouth are in such financial difficulty. Pulis, who had a spell in charge of Portsmouth in 2000, said: "We have this fit and proper test for owners but that has broken down. You have to ask if these procedures work.

"You have to wonder how a club with such stature like Portsmouth, bringing in enormous amounts of money through television and everything else that goes with the Premier League, can find themselves in this situation.

"Who was opening the bank and letting the money pour out? Was there anyone there saying 'No'. If not, why not?

"It is vitally important the people running football look at this situation, glean information and pass it on to other clubs.

"We need to find out the pitfalls and whether it was to do with foreign owners and foreign investment. We now have more foreign owners in this country than ever before.

"The Premier League and the FA have a responsibility, not just to clubs but to the communities who support those clubs."

Pulis believes he is fortunate to have people like Stoke chairman Peter Coates and chief executive Tony Scholes controlling the purse strings.

"The supporters are here forever so as a manager you have a responsibility to them. That includes Tony and Peter and the people who run the finances.

"We are very lucky. We have an owner who is a local lad. It is a very well run club financially.

"As a manager you always want to get better players in and improve your results. It is a selfish thing.

"But then you have people in place, who say yes or no. Peter and Peter have both said 'No' to me and that's because we couldn't afford things.

"There is a model in respect of a way of doing things and a model in respect of the way not to do things."

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