Michael Owen retires and Pulis considers his options…

Been a long time since an update as my enthusiasm for watching Stoke has waned like many other fellow Stoke fans. We have the worst form for 2013 in the Premier League and even though we currently have 34pts we are not safe yet. Last weekend’s ‘thrilling’ nil nil draw with West Brom at home highlighted that we lack finishing despite having three strikers on the pitch for most of the game.

Off the pitch the press have been reporting on the growing fan discontent, although despite the ‘Daily Mail’ report it seems Pulis isn’t going. Mind you come the summer this could be a different story as he may ‘consider his options’ and leave under his own steam. If he does stay two definate summer departures are Michael Owen who announced his retirement from football at the end of this season. Hopefully he will get another run out for us. A strange signing and I guess it spoke volumes that we were the only Premier League club to show any solid interest in signing him last summer.

Jermaine Pennant looks to have kicked his last ball for Stoke as he is out of contract at the end of season and he doesn’t even feature in the match day squad. A cracking player if he is on form but his off the field antics let him down at every club he has been at.

Dave Kemp is off on a eastern European scouting mission this weekend. Fans still recall with misty eyes the last signing we made based on his scouting…Diego Arismendi!

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