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Glory Hunter by Brian Darling

Posted in Books, Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on February 12, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Brian Darling is a glory hunter in that he was raised in Rugby and chose to support Stoke as they were going through a purple patch in the early 1970’s when he started supporting Stoke.

His memoir recalls not only watching Stoke, he adds in his career in the banking world which may not be of interest to some, however he gives an interesting insight as to how banking has changed over the years. Fear not though as football is the main focus and Stoke fans will enjoy the highs and lows mentioned in the book. Be it the classy players we have had like Jimmy Greenoff, Mark Stein, Ricardo Fuller, Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton to name but a few to a few donkeys like Keith Scott.

You don’t need to be a Stoke supporter to enjoy this book, as Brian gets onto the printed page the joy of seeing your team win and the abject despair when you get relegated or lose a big cup game (losing to Man City in the FA Cup final still hurts…)

Highly recommended for Stoke fans as a must read and for any lover of football fan memoirs.

Kostas Stafylidis Lambert’s first signing?

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , on January 17, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Paul Lambert is appointing Stuart Taylor as his assistant manager. Taylor has only just been appointed to a job in Rangers academy and he has previously worked with Lambert at Wolves, plus he has managed Limerick Town. The future of Eddie Niedzwiecki is still undecided as he joined with Mark Hughes.

Left-back Kostas Stafylidis could be the first signing by Paul Lambert. He could be joining on a loan deal from Bundesliga side Augsburg and would offer competition and cover for Erik Pieters, who has been injured the past month.

Bojan could be heading back to Stoke if both clubs agree to cancel his current season long loan. However, fellow season long loanees Muniesa and Imbula are unlikely to return until the summer.

Lambert came across very well in his first press conference for the club, showing he was keen to be at the club, had a plan to turn things around and saying how key the fans are in helping the players on the pitch. I doubt he was any fans first choice, however he has the desire and passion to succeed and like Stoke has a point to prove. Here’s hoping he can galvanise the players into action and a winning mentality.

Paul Lambert named new Stoke manager

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , on January 15, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City have appointed Paul Lambert as the new manager on a 2 1/2 year contract. He has previously managed at Norwich, Aston Villa and Wolves amongst others.

Not a choice I would have liked, however I will get behind the manager and the squad as I support Stoke City the club and want us to stay up as a priority. Once we are safe we can then look at the squad and longer term.

Bauer signs for Stoke and the search for a new manager continues…

Posted in Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Derby County boss Gary Rowett signed a new extended contract with Derby quashing any rumours linking him with the Stoke manager’s job. Seems like good work by his agents as looking at various press reports Rowett was not top of the shortlist.

One manager who is now seemingly getting attention is former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores. Currently managing Espanyol he has an impressive managerial record and keen on defence, something we desperately need! Martin O’Neill is also thought to have been contacted by the club and presumably he would be a short term appointment until the summer due to his commitments as Ireland manager.

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(Image copyright of Stoke City FC)

Austrian international right back Mortiz Bauer has signed for a fee of £5.5m from Rabin Kazan on a 4 1/2 year contract. He looks like a starter for the Man Utd game on Monday and seemingly Tom Edwards will give way after an impressive run in the first team.

Nice touch and statement from Mark Hughes via the LMA (League Managers Association)

“I wish to thank the Coates family and the Board, for all of their support during my four and a half memorable years at Stoke City.“Together, we have enjoyed four successful campaigns including three consecutive ninth placed finishes; the highest position the club has reached since 1975. I will always be very proud of this achievement and I’d like to thank my coaching staff, the players and everyone at Stoke City for their hard work during my time as manager.

“Although so far this season we haven’t matched the high standards set in previous years, I remain confident that performances and results will improve in the second half of the season.

“Finally, I’d like to wish the club and its loyal supporters success and good fortune in the future.

“I look forward to the next challenge in my management career.”

Mark Hughes sacked by Stoke City

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , on January 6, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Club statement here –

http://www.stokecityfc.com/news/club-statement-14

STOKE CITY can confirm that the contract of manager Mark Hughes has been terminated with immediate effect.

We would like to thank Mark for all he has achieved for the Club over the last four and a half years, notably in guiding us to three successive ninth places finishes in the Premier League, and we wish him every success for the future.

The Club will look to appoint a new manager as soon as possible and will be making no further comment at this time.

Berahino wins an award…

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on December 20, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Guardian’s ‘The Fiver’ daily football email bestows an award on one of our players…

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Saido Berahino, for selfless services to the confidence of goalkeepers everywhere. A one-time Tottenham target with an England call-up to his name, the Stoke striker has not scored in 2,187 minutes of football. The good news for Stoke? His £70,000-per-week contract runs until June 2022.

If the wild rumours come to truth and Tony Pulis comes back for his third stint as Stoke manager (unlikely I feel as he burned his bridges with some of the Stoke hierarchy), Berahaino will be driving himself to any club that will have him…

Ireland new contract, Johnson off?

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , on December 15, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stephen Ireland is set to sign a six month contract taking him to the end of the season. It is believed to be on reduced terms and follows on from his current six month deal which expires in January.

Berahino has apparently met with the Stoke board to discuss his future who have told him he won’t be offered out on loan in January. He has yet to score for us in the league since signing in January. Glen Johnson looks set to leave in January despite signing a one year contract extension in the summer.

West Ham at home this Saturday and if we lose could it be Hughes’s last game in charge? Looks as though both Hughes and Coates don’t see any need to panic, however a loss on Saturday and if the crowd turns then it could be taxi for Hughes after the game…