Last Updated: Thu, 23 May 2013 15:31
Tony Pulis has urged Stoke fans to get behind whoever succeeds him as the club's manager.
Pulis' time as Potters boss came to an end on Tuesday, with a statement on the Staffordshire outfit's official website confirming they and the 55-year-old had mutually agreed to part company.
The Welshman - who initially took charge of Stoke in 2002, was sacked in 2005 and then returned in 2006 after a stint with Plymouth - said in a statement on Wednesday that he was disappointed but understood chairman Peter Coates' decision to take the club in a different direction.
He also thanked those who had played for him at Stoke and the club's supporters, and a message from Pulis to the latter has now been published by The Sentinel, in which he reiterates his gratitude to the fans, as well as asking them to give their backing to his replacement.
"It is all over for me now and, believe you me, I wish the club all the best in the future," Pulis said.
"Of course I am disappointed I cannot carry on in a job I have loved from first minute to last. But I accept the club's decision to move things in a different direction because that is the right of any owner.
"The journey stops here, but what a journey. And you, Stoke City's wonderful support, have played such a massive part in the distance we have travelled over the last 10 years.
"That is how vital your support is. And that is why I urge you (for one last time) to get behind the new manager just like you got behind the old one."
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