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Shaqiri joins Liverpool

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

Shaqiri completed his transfer to Liverpool yesterday. He made it clear he wanted to have Champions League and Premiership football this season. A real pleasure to watch in a Stoke top and good luck at Liverpool.

Muniesa completes Girona move

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , on June 28, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Marc Muniesa has made last season’s loan move permanent signing a three year contract with Girona. He was a technically adept defender, hindered by a few injuries and a hit with the fans. He will be missed and good luck at Girona!

Reports in the media today that goalkeeper Lee Grant could be off to Man Utd as their third choice goalie. Good move for him if it comes off, although we’d need another keeper especially as Jack Butland could still leave this summer.

 

Stoke City backroom team – Rory Delap is back!

Posted in Championship, Football, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , on June 27, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Great to see Rory Delap back at Stoke as part of Gary Rowett’s backroom team. Joining Delap are Kevin Phillips, Callum Davidson, Mark Sale, Dave Carolan and Joe Carnall.

Phillips, Davidson, Delap and Sale will operate as first team coaches, with Phillips, Davidson and Delap working specifically with strikers, midfielders and defenders respectively. Carolan is Head of Performance and Carnall Head of Tactical Insights. Andy Quy will continue in his role as goalkeeping coach.

Stoke away to Leeds first game of the season

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

Stoke City face an away trip to Leeds Utd first day of the season Sunday August 5 and what a way to start! First home game is the following weekend against Brentford. Last game of the season is a home game against Sheff Utd. Full Stoke City fixtures list is here

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.

Dean Whitehead retires and Lambert’s future in the balance

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , on May 11, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Dean Whitehead has announced he is retiring from playing at the age of 36. Whitehead played 158 times for Stoke between 2009 and 2013, will next season manage the under-17’s at his current club Huddersfield.

Darren Fletcher has said he would be up for staying at Stoke next season, although that will depend on who is in charge as he has not featured much under Paul Lambert. He has one year left of a two year contract he signed when joined a free transfer last summer.

Lambert will learn his fate after our final game of this season away at Swansea. Personally I hope we part ways with him as despite shoring up the defence, his record of one win since he joined in January is very poor and he doesn’t inspire me to think we can be in a chance of promotion if he stays. The Daily Telegraph broke the story that there was a clause in Lambert’s contract where either he or the club could walks away from the contract after this season finished. Mixed messages from the club as to whether he is staying and don’t be surprised if he is given a chance by the club to lead Stoke in the Championship next season. Graham Potter, a former player who was interested in the job in January, is a leading contender for the Swansea job.

Club statement on relegation

Posted in Championship, Football, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Coates family have issued a statement following Stoke City’s relegation and they admit they should have dismissed Mark Hughes earlier. They are certainly honest in admitting the failures and losing the core values of the team on the pitch. Planning for next season is underway as Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle is being linked as a player to get us those much needed goals. Who the manager will be is still open to debate as the club statement did not name or back current manager Paul Lambert, who has a good record in the Championship but has had an awful results record since he joined in January.

Summer transfers 2018 –

In

Out

Ibrahim Afellay – contract cancelled

Jese Rodriguez – loan finished

Kostas Stafylidis – loan finished

Kurt Zouma – loan finished