Stoke City name Gary Rowett as the new manager

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on May 23, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City have announced Gary Rowett as our new manager on a three year deal. He was previously at Derby who recently lost in the Championship play-off semi-final to Fulham. He has had previous managerial spells at Birmingham and Burton Albion.

Speaking to the club website Gary said –

“I am sure I will speak to some players over the next few days and few weeks to ascertain which of them are prepared to come back and put their bodies on the line to effectively get success for this Club.”

Rowett admitted that he was impressed that a number of the playing squad had already signalled their intent to help the Club rebuild on the back of a disappointing campaign which ended the Potters’ 10-year stay in the top-flight.

“It just shows how good this Club is firstly, but it also signals what sort of characters those guys are,” he added.

“That is what you want in these sort of situations – to keep players of genuine Premier League quality, providing they have a Premier League mentality.

No news on his backroom team yet although former player Rory Delap currently manages the Derby U23’s and he would be warmly welcomes back by Stoke fans should he join Gary Rowett’s staff.

Moritz Bauer (one of the players who has stated his desire to stay and help the club back up) and Kevin Wimmer (a player we could do without next season!), have both been called into Austria’s squad for three international friendlies. Wimmer is being linked with a season long loan move to Hannover 96.

Geoff Cameron could be on his way back to his native US to play in the MLS league. It will depend on what the new boss Gary Rowett sees as Cameron’s role in the coming season.

Already we are being linked with players and one is Notts Forest’s Eric Lichaj according to HITC.

Book review: The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden

Posted in Books, Netgalley with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Michael Joseph [Publication date 03.05.18]

A stand-alone novel from the bestselling author Conn Iggulden which is based on historical events related in Xenophon’s ‘Anabasis’, otherwise known as ‘The Persian Expedition’, which is available via Penguin Classics. The Persian king Artaxerxes rules an empire stretching from the Aegean to northern India and the first half of this novel covers the attempts by his brother Prince Cyrus to overthrow Artaxerxes. The attempt fails and the Greek mercenaries employed by Cyrus, including Spartans are left stranded in the heart of an enemy’s empire, without support and little  food or water. This sets the scene for the second part of the story where the young soldier and student of Socrates,  Xenophon leads the survivors against the Persian army and their bid to reach the sea and Greek territory.

Plenty of action to be had, although the battles are described briefly and not dwelled upon like say the books of Bernard Cornwell. The descriptions of the time help you immerse yourself into the story, although he does seem to describe the toilet habits a little bit too much!sparta

I won’t give the various subplots away, save to say this is an enjoyable historical novel and Conn Iggulden has the knack for penning a classic page turner. If like me you miss the works of the late, great David Gemmell this novel will be one for your bookshelf.

Gary Rowett emerges as leading contender for the Stoke job

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Derby County boss Gary Rowett has emerged at the front of the list for next Stoke manager. Despite Derby losing in the play-offs he is being tipped by the betting and the Daily Mirror’s football correspondent. John Percy at the Telegraph reports that Stoke hope to agree compensation with Derby within ‘the next 48 hrs’. Derby would want more compensation now as Rowett signed a new contract in January after rumours Stoke wanted him to replace Mark Hughes.

Mick McCarthy has expressed interest in the job via his representatives and he could yet be in the frame. A lot depends on who Peter and John Coates decide is best placed to try and get us promoted at the first attempt.

Elsewhere former players Dean Whitehaed and Clint Hill both announced they are retiring from football, whilst Steve Sidwell has left Brighton. The Telegraph has also reported that the club have told Stephen Ireland via email that his contract won’t be renewed, although there is nothing on the official website as yet. The club have yet to announce their retained players list.

Paul Lambert leaves Stoke by mutual consent

Posted in Football, Stoke City FC with tags , , on May 18, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The club have released statement that can be read here.

The Sentinel has early candidates thought to include David Moyes, Sam Allardyce, Nigel Pearson, Mick McCarthy, Dean Smith, Gary Rowett, Lee Johnson, Derek McInnes and former player Graham Potter. Moyes would be a top choice for the club as would Sam Allardyce, who they were rumoured to have approached for the job in January.

Paul Lambert’s two wins since January when he took charge was not good enough and despite him weeding out the troublemakers in the squad, along with shoring up the defence, he was not an inspiring choice of fans to lead us next season in the Championship. Hope he does find another managerial role soon as he seems a genuine in his will to help the club when he joined.

Lambert still in charge as not much happening at Stoke yet…

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on May 18, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Nearly a week after the season finished and Stoke City have been silent over what is happening regarding manager Paul Lambert’s position. Will he be in charge next season? Or are the club looking at recent managers who have become available, namely David Moyes and Sam Allardyce. Some Stoke supporters think we could even have Tony Pulis back for a third spell following Middlesboro’s failure to gain promotion via the play-offs.

No players have left yet, bar the loanees – Zouma and Staffy returning back to their parent clubs and Lambert was singing the praises of Bojan who returned to the club after his season long loan. Bojan could be a key player in the Championship for us next season. Shakiri has been linked with a move to Spurs and he has said he wants Champion league football next season. Wimmer could also be leaving soon back to Germany, although the club would have to take a big hit on his transfer fee – we’d be lucky to get near £5m for the £18m we paid for him last summer.

Erik Pieters has said he wants to stay at the club next season, which is good news as along with Bauer and Shawcross will give us a solid defence. Hopefully Martins Indi will stay as well. Although if another club bid for any of these players they could still leave.

The summer transfer window is now open until 17:00 on 9 August for Premier League clubs and Stoke, like other EFL clubs, can sign players until 31 August, although they cannot sell or loan players to PL clubs after 9 August.

Save Hagbourne Fields

Posted in Didcot, Family life, News with tags , , , , , , on May 15, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

hfTaylor Wimpeys application is now open for comment at on SODC’s website. Comments have to be submitted by the 23rd May and please visit the Facebook page for ideas on your comments over the proposed plans.

The plan is for 900+ houses to be built on fields between Didcot and East Hagbourne village which would destroy fields and natural habitats further, plus increase the risk of flooding and more transport congestion, pressure on local services, etc. There is already a Didcot Garden Town plan in place and this proposal is not part of this.

No news on the manager and Dom Telford impresses on loan

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on May 14, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Still no news on the manager’s position as Paul Lambert currently remains in charge. With David Moyes’ contract now expired with West Ham there are some rumours we may be after him as our next manager.

Jack Butland may possibly stay next season. Speaking on Sunday to the club website he said: “I would love nothing more than to see this Club back in the Premier League. If I’m a part of that, brilliant, if I’m not, and things go different ways, then that is what happens – but at the moment it is extremely difficult to talk about it.” Be great if he did, although realistically he is likely to be off to a Premier League club in the summer.

18 year old Lasse Sorenson made his senior debut at the 2-1 win at Swansea and certainly impressed. Along with Tom Edwards and Tyrese Campbell we should see these as regulars in the match day squad next season. Another who may be in contention is 21 year old Dom Telford who scored 14 goals in six games whilst playing under Chris Hargreaves’ development squad during his season long loan at Bristol Rovers. Add in Josh Tymon, Julien N’Goy, Thibaud Verlinden and Harry Souter we do have youngsters who could well make the jump to regular first team football.

New Championship season starts on the weekend of 3rd-5th August and the fixtures are released on June 21st.