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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

Jese finished at Stoke

Posted in Football, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Jese Rodriguez has finished his time at Stoke after he was given unpaid compassionate leave until the end of the season. He has not had a successful loan spell since joining in the summer and won’t be missed by Stoke fans it has to be said.

A club spokesman said: “In order to respond to recent press speculation surrounding Jesé Rodriguez, we would like to confirm that the club has given Jesé permission to take unpaid compassionate leave until the end of the season for personal reasons and therefore he will not be returning to Stoke during his loan period.”

Even though we are not yet relegated the rumours are rife over departures of some of our players with Jack Butland linked with a summer move to Premiership new boys Wolves. One former player who may join us on a free is Leicester’s Robert Huth according to a posting on the Oatcake MB. He maybe 34 now but he’d add that defensive steel missing from Stoke most of this season.

 

 

 

Big summer ahead for Stoke City…

Posted in Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on April 9, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Zouma, Stafylidis and Jese loans end and they will return to their respective clubs, whilst we will have returning loanees Imbula, Bojan and Muniesa. Of those if we are relegated I am sure we will look to loan or sell Imbula. Jacob Haugaard, Glen Johnson and Charlie Adam are all out of contract in the summer, plus Stephen Ireland’s short term contract expires in June. That will be seven out of the squad for starters – can’t see us offering contracts to any of these four.

Then if/when we are relegated we will lose Shaqiri, Joe Allen and Jack Butland plus looks like Badou Ndiaye will be off and Ramadan Sobhi.

Does leave a big rebuilding job for whoever is in charge come the summer (I do think Paul Lambert will be kept on) and hopefully the likes of Grant, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Cameron, Diouf and Bauer will stay, plus Crouch and even Darren Fletcher could prove better at Championship level. That leaves the flops like Berahino and Wimmer to deal with as well, plus Afellay will surely be on his way given recent events. The positive is the decent batch of younger players we have including Tyrese Campbell, Tom Edwards and Sorenson.

Whatever league we end up in next season it will require a massive squad overhaul and rebuilding, which has been long overdue and one of the reasons why we have struggled this season with an unbalanced squad.

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.

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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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.”

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…

Crouch signs one year contract extension

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Peter Crouch has signed a one year extension to his current contract taking him up to 2019 at the club. At 36 he still has a few years and goals in him and one of the best Stoke signings in recent years.

January we could see Charlie Adam and Glen Johnson shown the door, whilst Stephen Ireland, who’s current short term deal finishes in January, could also leave after being offered a reduced terms contract until next summer. Lets hope Johnson goes absolute waste signing him for another year as he is way past his best.