Hampshire captain Dominic Cork has invited Stoke City manager Tony Pulis to the Rose Bowl – once the FA Cup final is over.
A LV County Championship win inside three days against Yorkshire at Headingley this week would be the perfect result for Cork, as it would enable him to watch his beloved Stoke take on Manchester City at Wembley on May 14.
“Unfortunately it’s the last day of Hampshire four-day in Leeds so will miss it!” tweeted Cork during the build-up to Stoke’s big day.
It has been a difficult start for Hampshire in their first full season under Cork, who has been impressed at how Pulis has established Stoke as a Premiership club since returning to the Britannia Stadium five years ago. Cork has known Pulis since his first spell as Stoke manager from 2002-05.
“Tony’s a good man, I like the way he manages and I’ve learnt from him,” says the 39-year-old, who admits he is not the strict disciplinarian that Pulis is.
“I’m also an up front and honest person, although I might not be quite as up front and honest as Tony! He’s a good man to know and everybody that talks about him really respects him.
“I text him after every [Stoke] game and he wants me to join them for training one day – but so far I’ve refused because I can’t play football very well!
“His wife and kids came to watch me on Dancing on Ice and he’s going to come and watch a Hampshire game with Harry [Redknapp] as they both live nearby in Sandbanks, Dorset.
“Tony likes his cricket, he’ll probably come down to watch a Twenty20 Cup game at some stage and I might even get him to give a team talk!”