Pulis plans steady progress

Published May. 16, 2011 3:15 a.m. ET

Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Manchester City in the FA Cup final has failed to dampen Pulis' outlook on a campaign that has surpassed all expectations. Reaching Wembley has secured the club a place in next season's Europa League in what will be only their third venture into Europe, and their first for 37 years. They also sit ninth in the Premier League with two matches remaining. Pulis, however, insists Stoke will not go on an ill-advised spending spree to build on their success. "We're a little bit different at our club. We have a very bloody minded manager and a chairman who will support him," he said. "I believe the secret of success is small steps and to keep trying to improve your team as you go along. "I've got a wonderful chairman and it's massively important for me to ensure the club is built on stable ground. "We will not risk an enormous amount of money chasing this and chasing that. "We're building a club for not just this generation but for 25 years. As a manager you have to take that responsibility. "We'll try to get better players in next year and move on again step by step. "But it's wonderful for this club to say we're in Europe next year. "To be ninth in the Premier league with two games to go, to have got to an FA Cup final and to be in Europe - we're Stoke City remember - is wonderful. "Saturday was disappointing but overall it's been a fantastic season." Pulis is tipping Manchester City to challenge for the Premier League title next season. "Manchester United and Chelsea have been picking up most of the trophies for a good few years now but I think Manchester City will join them next year," he said. "They'll be a real threat to the big two. When it comes to spending power they're in a different league to other clubs, and that includes Manchester United and Chelsea. "To think they had Edin Dzeko, who cost £27million, on the bench against us and yet he didn't even come on. "They will be there or thereabouts. You can buy success."