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Chief Executive Tony Scholes, Manager Mark Hughes and Chairman Peter Coates

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09:58 15th June 2013

Scholes dismisses claims of a change in approach

CHIEF EXECUTIVE Tony Scholes has reiterated that new Stoke City manager Mark Hughes will have the final say on the Club’s transfer dealings.

It had been reported in sections of the media that the Potters were looking to adopt a continental style approach following Tony Pulis’ departure from the Britannia Stadium, with his successor reporting to a Director of Football.

But Scholes has poured cold water on those suggestions and although Hughes will work alongside Technical Director Mark Cartwright, the Welshman will have the ultimate say on all transfer deals.

Scholes said: “The media started reporting that the Club was looking to take a ‘new direction’ and those suggestions seemed to gather some momentum.

“As far as we’re concerned, there is no new direction; we’re very clear on how the Club should be run.

“At Christmas-time, we appointed Mark Cartwright to head up our recruitment function because we thought there were areas we needed to improve upon.

“His job in running the recruitment department is to ensure that we have as much accurate information on the player market and what players may be available, in order to assist us and, in particular, Mark Hughes on what players we should try and recruit.

“Fundamentally, it will be Mark Hughes’ decision on what players we recruit within the budgetary parameters that are set but there’s no change of direction.

“Every player that comes into the Club will come in because Mark Hughes wants him to.”

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