Pulis - Beattie talks private
Stoke boss Tony Pulis will not divulge the outcome of a meeting with James Beattie because he does not want to break a 'golden rule'.
Last Updated: 10/12/09 3:34pm
Stoke boss Tony Pulis will not divulge the outcome of a meeting with James Beattie because he does not want to break a 'golden rule' as they attempt to move on after an alleged dressing room bust-up.
Reports suggested the pair had come to blows at Emirates Stadium last weekend after Pulis demanded his players reported for training on Monday, which had originally been scheduled as a day off.
The decision affected the Christmas party plans of Stoke's squad, much to Beattie's alleged disgust and the player's future was thought to be in doubt at the Britannia Stadium.
Pulis, though, has discussed the matter with Beattie and insists the striker remains a part of his plans, with a place in Saturday's team to face Wigan up for grabs.
"It's been different with a lot of focus on matters away from football," Pulis told Sky Sports News.
"But I've been in football 17 years and I know what to expect. I've always had certain golden rules and one is what happens in the dressing room stays in the dressing room for lots of reasons.
"One is respect: respect for that group and the players. It should be kept within the group.
"I've never felt the need to come out and discuss things that have happened.
"We've had a meeting with the group on Monday, where James was involved, and I've had a meeting with James himself.
"As far as I'm concerned a line has been drawn under it and we move on."