Archive for Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert leaves Stoke by mutual consent

Posted in Football, Stoke City FC with tags , , on May 18, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The club have released statement that can be read here.

The Sentinel has early candidates thought to include David Moyes, Sam Allardyce, Nigel Pearson, Mick McCarthy, Dean Smith, Gary Rowett, Lee Johnson, Derek McInnes and former player Graham Potter. Moyes would be a top choice for the club as would Sam Allardyce, who they were rumoured to have approached for the job in January.

Paul Lambert’s two wins since January when he took charge was not good enough and despite him weeding out the troublemakers in the squad, along with shoring up the defence, he was not an inspiring choice of fans to lead us next season in the Championship. Hope he does find another managerial role soon as he seems a genuine in his will to help the club when he joined.

Lambert still in charge as not much happening at Stoke yet…

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on May 18, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Nearly a week after the season finished and Stoke City have been silent over what is happening regarding manager Paul Lambert’s position. Will he be in charge next season? Or are the club looking at recent managers who have become available, namely David Moyes and Sam Allardyce. Some Stoke supporters think we could even have Tony Pulis back for a third spell following Middlesboro’s failure to gain promotion via the play-offs.

No players have left yet, bar the loanees – Zouma and Staffy returning back to their parent clubs and Lambert was singing the praises of Bojan who returned to the club after his season long loan. Bojan could be a key player in the Championship for us next season. Shakiri has been linked with a move to Spurs and he has said he wants Champion league football next season. Wimmer could also be leaving soon back to Germany, although the club would have to take a big hit on his transfer fee – we’d be lucky to get near £5m for the £18m we paid for him last summer.

Erik Pieters has said he wants to stay at the club next season, which is good news as along with Bauer and Shawcross will give us a solid defence. Hopefully Martins Indi will stay as well. Although if another club bid for any of these players they could still leave.

The summer transfer window is now open until 17:00 on 9 August for Premier League clubs and Stoke, like other EFL clubs, can sign players until 31 August, although they cannot sell or loan players to PL clubs after 9 August.

No news on the manager and Dom Telford impresses on loan

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

Still no news on the manager’s position as Paul Lambert currently remains in charge. With David Moyes’ contract now expired with West Ham there are some rumours we may be after him as our next manager.

Jack Butland may possibly stay next season. Speaking on Sunday to the club website he said: “I would love nothing more than to see this Club back in the Premier League. If I’m a part of that, brilliant, if I’m not, and things go different ways, then that is what happens – but at the moment it is extremely difficult to talk about it.” Be great if he did, although realistically he is likely to be off to a Premier League club in the summer.

18 year old Lasse Sorenson made his senior debut at the 2-1 win at Swansea and certainly impressed. Along with Tom Edwards and Tyrese Campbell we should see these as regulars in the match day squad next season. Another who may be in contention is 21 year old Dom Telford who scored 14 goals in six games whilst playing under Chris Hargreaves’ development squad during his season long loan at Bristol Rovers. Add in Josh Tymon, Julien N’Goy, Thibaud Verlinden and Harry Souter we do have youngsters who could well make the jump to regular first team football.

New Championship season starts on the weekend of 3rd-5th August and the fixtures are released on June 21st.

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

Stoke City relegated – big summer ahead!!

Posted in Championship, Football, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , , , on May 7, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Sadly I predicted we’d be relegated last summer as we stuck with Mark Hughes, who the club should have sacked last summer. As it was he wasted £18m on Kevin Wimmer from Spurs (he will hopefully be off in the summer), we had Jese on loan which ended badly and only really Kurt Zuoma on loan from Chelsea was a success. Arnie leaving for West Ham was a blow as we never really replaced him or his goals/assists. Plus we kept Glen Johnson and let Phil Bardsley go, who would have been much better in a relegation scrap.

January we changed manager (finally!) with Paul Lambert taking charge and three new signings, including the highly impressive Bauer. But most importantly we failed to sign a striker and even in the summer we took a gamble with Jese on loan. That cost us a lot as a decent striker makes all the difference and our defence under Hughes was awful, plus he bizarrely threw the Chelsea game where we were thrashed in order to beat Newcastle – we lost one nil.

We certainly stopped shipping goals under Lambert, however we scored rarely and relied heavily on Shaqiri for any goals. So the Championship next season after ten years in the Premier League and twenty years since our last relegation from old Division 2 (Championship) to Division 3 (League 1). Big rebuild needed in the squad with Jack Butland, Shaqiri and Joe Allen all likely to be sold as they will want PL football next season. Hopefully we can hold onto Grant, Shawcross, Bauer, Martins Indi, Diouf and Pieters, even Crouch and Adam as they would be useful experience/cover in the Championship where games come thick and fast.

Paul Lambert wants to stay, he has Championship experience however his record as our manager is poor – one win since he joined in mid-January. Chances are Peter Coates will stick with Lambert and our inept recruitment team of Scholes & Cartwright. We really need to focus and get a team spirit back as we could easily go down again as our problems mirror that of Sunderland, with a wage bill full of players on high wages playing little (Berahino) or on loan (Imbula – £20m for him, what a flop signing), who you can’t see many other clubs falling over themselves to sign.

I have supported my team Stoke City since the mid-70’s when I was a wide eyed & excited eight year old attending his first game and do feel for those youngsters seeing us being relegated – not anyone over 16 though, crying on TV get a grip 🙂 We will be back in the Premier League. Here’s hoping Coates & Co. admit their mistakes and more importantly learn from them, so we don’t have to wait twenty odd years until we get back in the top flight.

It is a very sad to see us relegated and with a whimper, look at West Brom they at least battled under Darren Moore. Still Stoke is my club and I will carry on supporting them through thick and thin. Already getting excited about next season…surely it can’t be any worse than this one?!

Lambert & Cartwright to stay?

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on April 24, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

‘The Sentinel’ are reporting that Lambert and Cartwright will still be at Stoke next season based on comments from Chairman Peter Coates. As Lambert signed a two and a half years contract when he joined in January is does seem as though he will be allowed to rebuild our squad in the Championship next season (I am an optimistic Stoke supporter but even I know we are down).

Bar the loanees – Jese, Zouma & Staffy – other players likely to leave in the summer are the three out of contract, although don’t be surprised if Glen Johnson ends up getting another one year deal as he seems to be favoured by Lambert. Plus the better players like Shaqiri, Butland and Allen are likely to leave, although hopefully we can hold onto Martins Indi, Diouf, Shawcross and Ndiaye. Wimmer and Berahino are signed until 2022!! Can’t see any club coming in for them, still perhaps Berahino will find his scoring boots again next season…

2018
Haugaard
Johnson
Ireland

2019
Grant
Muniesa
Afellay
Adam
Fletcher
Crouch

2020
Pieters
Cameron
Bojan
Choupo
Shaqiri
Diouf

2021
Butland
Shawcross
Allen
Imbula

2022
Bauer
Edwards
Tymon
BMI
Wimmer
Ndiaye
Ramadan
Berahino
Ngoy
Verlinden
Campbell

On a more cheery note there is a good interview with former boss Gudjon Thordarson here.