Cameron Jerome: “the old regime” is in the past
Should Cameron Jerome’s comments about getting a fair shake in the Stoke City squad ever come back to haunt him, at least he’ll be able to travel for free to see his side at away games.
July 22nd, 2013
Just as Jerome’s criticisms of the previous Potter regime came to light earlier today, the club announced on Friday that – thanks to their increased payday from Premier League TV rights – they’ll be offering supporters free coach travel to all of their away league games during the rapidly-approaching 2013-14 season.
The subsidised travel scheme will come as some comfort to the 26-year old ‘impact player’, signed for £4m from Birmingham City in 2011 and subsequently given only 15 league starts. Of the club’s “old regime” under Tony Pulis, he had this to say to The Sentinel:
“With the old regime there was a guaranteed eleven who played and no matter how you trained, or if you came on and played well or did anything in the game, you were still never going to start.
“I think some of the lads who didn’t play as much under the old regime won’t be disheartened by the fact the new manager has come in.”
That would be Mark Hughes (pictured), who took charge of Stoke City in May following the mutual agreement for Pulis to step down a week prior. Although yet to take charge of a game, Hughes has a tough act to follow as his predecessor achieved an FA Cup Final and a great showing in Europe the season after – although their 14th-place finish in the league that year was obviously the cost.
With the more Premier League experience of the two men, Hughes is also only nine points away from his 100th top-flight win; an achievement mired only by a horrible 11-month spell as QPR manager.