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Stoke City boss reveals how his dressing room is controlled

Theophilus C. Bowah

Sept. 20, 2019

Stoke City head to Brentford this weekend desperate for a result
Stoke City boss Nathan Jones has revealed that a self-elected group of players controls day-to-day affairs in and around the dressing room.
He has let senior players have a certain amount of power, and consults with that group, but stressed that ultimate authority lies with the management team.
The group is led by club captain Ryan Shawcross and Jones disclosed: “We’ve got a leadership group to control certain things and we allow them to make certain decisions.
“We consult them on certain decisions. We’ve got a leadership group that players elect and that we trust, so it’s a good environment in there.”
He continued: “We’ve just got to stay together and stay positive now.
“Get the first result. Try and get another one. Then go from there.
“We are not far off. But it seems ludicrous saying that considering the position we are in. We are in the worst position of any other league club and nowhere near the standard we should be.”
Jones has made at least five changes before each of Stoke’s last three league games, but now has the opportunity to restrict himself to just one this weekend following the three-match ban for Allen and his likely replacement out in midfield by Peter Etebo.
“We want to be as settled as we possibly can be,” said Jones, “but haven’t been able to do that due to results and certain things, but now there is no excuse.
“Now we are able to hopefully pick our most productive 11 going into a game, with maybe certain things changed tactically.”
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