Ian Holloway discusses Stoke City job and who should replace Nathan Jones

Newly appointed Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway talks during a press conference at Loftus Road on November 16, 2016 in London, England.

Stoke City reportedly want Tony Pulis back, with Lee Bowyer, Chris Hughton and David Moyes also options for the Championship strugglers.

Tony Pulis manager of Middlesbrough looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham United and Middlesbrough at The New York Stadium on May 05, 2019 in Rotherham, England.

Ian Holloway believes Tony Pulis is the only man to save Stoke City with the embattled Nathan Jones expected to be relieved of his duties before the weekend, speaking to talkSPORT (3 October, 9.30am).

The Potters were a Premier League team just over a year ago before enduring a fall of almost Shakespearean proportions. As it stands, Stoke are sitting bottom of the second tier after a harrowing 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town on Tuesday, picking up just two points from a possible 30 so far.

Former Luton Town boss Jones is under huge pressure and that defeat to The Terriers is likely to be the final straw.


The Mirror (3 October, page 58) believes that David Moyes and Chris Hughton have been lined up as potential replacements, although both would prefer a Premier League job, with Lee Bowyer also in the frame after doing a sterling job at Charlton Athletic.

But how about Pulis? The 61-year-old will forever be a legend in the Potteries after taking Stoke to the Premier League for the first time in 2008 and establishing the club in the top flight. Now, The Mirror believes that Pulis could be in line for a third spell at the club.

And Holloway, while ruling himself out of the running, believes the Welshman is the perfect candidate.

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“Not me, mate,” the former Millwall and Blackpool boss told Alan Brazil.

“Listen, I think for me there’s only one man, and that would be Tony Pulis because of his record of what he did it before. I would be trying to lure him back.”

Pulis’s typically pragmatic style and ability to organise a defence would likely bring about an immediate improvement but would a manager who has famously never been relegated be willing to put his record on the line?

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson shakes hands with Stoke City manager Tony Pulis before the start of the  Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at Britannia Stadium...

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