Potters must prove top-flight class - Francis
Stoke first team coach Gerry Francis believes the club still need to establish themselves in the Barclays Premier League.
Francis, who joined the Potters following their promotion to the top flight in 2008, does not think Tony Pulis' side can count themselves as a true Premier League side until they finish in the top half of the table. Stoke are 12th after seven games and Francis told The Sentinel: "It's the hardest league in the world to stay in. There's been a lot of teams over the years that have come up and gone down again. "It's going to be even tougher this year. Every year we have to try and improve. "It's not true to say we are established because we haven't finished in the top half of the table yet."