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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.

 

Kevin Wimmer signs

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , on August 29, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Kevin Wimmer has signed from Tottenham Hotspur in an £18m deal on a five year contract. Good signing and he will be competing for one of the three centre back places with Ryan Shawcross, Kurt Zuoma and Bruno Martins Indi. Although maybe Hughes is going to play one of them as a wing back?

Record signing flop Imbula could finally complete a loan move to Monaco before transfer deadline day this Thursday 31 August. Philipp Wollscheid could also be moved on.

Bruno Martins-Indi joins Stoke City, Muniesa leaves on loan

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on August 11, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Bruno Martins-Indi has joined Stoke City after signing a five year deal. Stoke have paid 7.7m Euros for him after he had a successful loan spell with us last season. A great back three now with BMI, Shawcross and Zumoa.

The club have denied reports linking Shawcross with Burnley and Joe Allen with his old club Swansea. However, Marc Muniesa has joined Spanish side Girona on a season long loan.

Former keeper Shay Given has yet to find a new club after being released by the club in the summer, however he may join the Indian Super League if he’d unable to find a suitable English club.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting joins Stoke City

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on August 7, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Cameroon international forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has signed on a free transfer from Schalke 04.

He told Stoke City+ “I am just so happy to join the Stoke City family and have this opportunity to play in the English Premier League for the first time”.

Good signing and welcome to the Mighty Potters!