Football: Pulis leaves Stoke - club

Mnager Tony Pulis has left Stoke after seven years in charge, the Premier League club announced late Tuesday.

His departure, by mutual consent, was widely anticipated following his talks earlier in the day with Stoke chairman Peter Coates.

"Stoke City and Tony Pulis confirm that they have mutually agreed that Tony will leave the club with immediate effect," the Potters confirmed in a statement.

The 55-year-old was appointed Stoke boss for a second spell in 2006, and under his watch the club gained promotion to the Premier League in 2008 after a 23 year absence.

He leaves 48 hours after the end of the season with Stoke finishing in 13th place.