Pulis keeps things in proportion
Stoke boss Tony Pulis believes his dressing-room bust-up with James Beattie was exaggerated.
Last Updated: 18/12/09 9:25am
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis believes his dressing-room bust-up with James Beattie was blown out of proportion by people outside of the club.
The pair clashed at Emirates Stadium after Pulis ordered his players in for training in the wake of a defeat at Arsenal earlier in December.
Beattie took umbrage at the instruction as it removed a day off and damaged plans for Stoke's Christmas party, but Pulis insists the row was not a major incident.
He said in The Guardian: "It was news and there was nothing else spectacular happening that week so it was a good one to chew on for a few days.
"It was something that was out of my control and when that happens I completely switch off.
"I won't read the papers and I won't listen to any sport channels. I think people made more of a meal of it outside the club than people did inside."
Pulis also maintains that matters will remain in-house, a law he has previously referred to as a 'golden rule'.
He said: "I keep saying, and I've said it to the players, what happens in a dressing room stays in a dressing room, whether that's with me and a player, whether it's two players together, whether it's the coaching staff and the players.
"I just think it's almost a sacred environment and that trust in that area is unbreakable.
"In years to come people will talk about what a great dressing room we had and what we got up to and what we didn't do.
"They're great stories but they're stories to be kept in house. I know what went on (at Arsenal). The people in the dressing room know what went on.
"I've been in football since I was 16 years of age and 10-times worse things have happened than what happened in there."