Former midfielder lauds Potters continued progression...
STEVE SIDWELL believes Stoke City have set the blueprint for newly promoted clubs in the Premier League.
The Potters are now into their tenth successive campaign at the top-level, despite being the heavy favourites to slip back down into the Championship following promotion in 2008.
Sidwell spent two years under Mark Hughes at the bet365 Stadium prior to his switch to the Amex Stadium, and he says he remains a fond admirer of the way that Tony Pulis, Hughes, and the Coates family, have gone about their business.
“They’re the ones you have to look at, they’ve set the footprint,” the midfielder told Brighton’s official website.
“They’re a well-established Premier League team now, because of the way they’ve gone about their business from the very start.
“I was playing in the Premier League when they got promoted, and they slowly increased their squad every year and came to terms with the division."
“That was the process when I was there, they got Bojan in, and the likes of (Xherdan) Shaqiri and (Ibrahim) Afellay - players that like to get on the ball.
“They were tarnished with a brush under Tony Pulis, and Mark Hughes wanted to go in and change that philosophy, which he has done.”
The vastly experienced midfielder looks set to miss out on a reunion with his former employers on Monday evening however, as he continues to recover from a troublesome nerve injury.