Joe Allen signs new four year contract

Great news to see Joe Allen sign a new four year contract. The sort of player and attitude we need in the coming season, with hopefully Jack Butland staying on at least for next season as there has not been any confirmed interest in him as yet from other clubs.

Gary Rowett’s backroom staff should start to be confirmed shortly with current U18’s coach at Derby and Stoke favourite Rory Delap set to join the staff. Goalkeeping coach Andy Quy will remain in post. Callum Davidson, currently assistant boss at St Johnstone, is also set to join the backroom team.

Another pre-season friendly has been announced, away at Walsall on Saturday July 14th.

Mark Hughes still in charge for the Coventry game…

Mark Hughes will be in charge for the FA Cup 3rd round tie against Coventry City (who must fancy a cup upset given the current unrest at Stoke) according to SSN.

The local Stoke paper backs this story up as well –

From ‘The Sentinel’ website –

‘Sources at the bet365 Stadium suggest Mark Hughes has earned a stay of execution and will take charge of Stoke’s FA Cup tie at Coventry City this weekend. But rather than being a vote of confidence in their manager, it appears the club are merely biding their time while they look at alternatives to the Welshman.’

A weird state of affairs as even if Hughes engineers a cup win on Saturday he could be dismissed, more than likely after our next game away at Man Utd. The trouble is by delaying any managerial change or backing Hughes, we are losing momentum in stabilizing the team and adding much needed new players. Indeed West Ham have rumoured to bid £15m for one of our few in form players Joe Allen. If he left we’d be unlikely to sign a decent replacement. They are welcome to Glenn Johnson though who they were after in the summer.

The Stoke board need to either back Hughes so he can *gulp* sign his transfer targets or get a new managerial team in ASAP and get cracking in the transfer market. January is rarely a time for bargains and you often get overpriced players (or flops in our case – Imbula and Berahino both signed in January). Either way, Peter Coates and co. need to get off the fence and either back him or sack him.

Sunderland six pointer

A real six pointer this weekend as we take on Sunderland at home, the only team currently below us in the Premier League. We have a couple of injury doubts in Joe Allen and Glen Johnson, with Jack Butland due back early next month.

Sunderland could welcome back Victor Anechebe and of course they have Jermaine Defoe who always seems to have a good game against us! Plus we could see the battle of the yellow cards as Lee Catermole and Phil Bardsley, if he starts, vie to get booked first.

The game is a sell out and lest hope for our first league win of the season.

Allen and Sobhi sign for Stoke

Stoke City have made a double signing with Welsh international  Joe Allen joining from Liverpool on a five year deal and Egyptian international Ramadan Sobhi joining after his work permit was approved.

Allen said to the official website “I was really excited as soon as I heard of the Club’s interest and it wasn’t a difficult decision for me to make. I am incredibly excited about my future here at Stoke City.”

Two great signings for the club and with a couple of promising youngsters coming through the ranks a good base for the upcoming new season.

Marko Arnautovic has been linked with Everton, however it appears he may be on the verge of signing a new contract with us. Like N’Zonzi he uses a family member, in this case his brother, which may slow things down a little.

Joe Allen set to join the Potters?

Despite Mark Hughes hinting in a recent interview this week could be quiet on the transfer front it appears we have had a fee agreed with Liverpool for Welsh international Joe Allen. Worth keeping an eye on John Percy’s Twitter as he often gets Stoke transfer news spot on. Great signing if we get him.

Still no update on the possible signing of West Brom’s Saido Berahino and whether a fee has been agreed.

Meanwhile former goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who only left Stoke last summer, is set to leave Chelsea and possibly join Everton.