Paul Lambert appointed new manager of Stoke City
Stoke hire Lambert ahead of Monday’s clash against Manchester United
January 15th, 2018
Stoke City’s search for a successor to Mark Hughes has been completed, with Paul Lambert the chosen candidate and the Scot will take charge for the first time when the Potters meet Huddersfield on Saturday.
It looks like a critical first game for Lambert, with the Potters likely to lose at Old Trafford on Monday which would mean City remain in the bottom three of the top flight with fifteen points remaining.
Many have questioned the appointment of the former Aston Villa manager whose time at Villa Park was hit-and-miss, although the Stoke board are very happy to install the new man in place of Mark Hughes.
The news was announced on the club website, in a statement in which the chairman, Peter Coates, said: “Paul greatly impressed us with his knowledge of our squad and had a clear plan of how he would improve our results.
“He’s a man who backed himself as a player, none more so than when he turned down contract offers in Scotland to go on trial in the German Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, and it’s obvious he adopts the same approach as a manager.”
The vice-chairman, John Coates, said: “We were determined to appoint someone with Premier League experience or an extensive knowledge of English football.
“Paul has been successful in management at clubs with a strong and stable background and with local ownership – the kind of foundation we are able to give to our managers. We look forward to working with Paul and supporting him to help achieve our goals.”