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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.

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.

Brighton & Pompey promoted; Johnson extends contract

Posted in Football, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , , on April 19, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Brighton clinched promotion to the Premier League at the weekend, which will see a nice day trip down to the south coast for us next season. Looks like Newcastle will land the other automatic promotion spot, although both Reading and Huddersfield could catch them if they win all their remaining games and Newcastle slip-up.

Really pleased to see Portsmouth finally achieve promotion to League One. FA Cup winners in 2008 and then relegated from the Premier League in 2010 – not that long ago in the football world. It has taken them four seasons to escape League Two, a timely reminder to current Premier League fans of how a team can really drop like a stone. More recently we have Blackpool, who may clinch a play-off place in League Two, another team beset by off field problems that has seen the club on successive relegation’s since being relegated from the Premier League.

Stoke news and Glen Johnson has signed a one year extension to his current contract taking him up to the summer of 2018. Phil Bardsley and Charlie Adam are both awaiting news on whether their contracts will be renewed as both are out contract this summer.

 

 

FC Koln 2-1 Stoke City

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on August 1, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

A late winner denied us a decent start to the Colonia Cup in Germany. Peter Odemwingie scored our goal and we take Porto on Sunday, ahead of our Premier League opener against Liverpool next Sunday.

Ibrahim Afellay signed this week on a free transfer from Barcelona – our fourth player from that club now. The winger joins on a two year contract.

Andy Wilkinson has been given a contract by the club to the end of the year as he continues to recover from injury and look for a new club.

Summer Ins/Outs:

In:
Jakob Haugaard (GK) £600k (FC Midtjylland)

Philipp Wollscheid (D) nominal fee (Bayern Leverkusen)

Glen Johnson (D) free (Liverpool)

Shay Given (GK) free (Aston Villa)

Marko Van Ginkel (M) season long loan from Chelsea

Joselu (S) £5m (8m Euros) (Hannover 96)

Moha El Ouriachi (M) free (Barcelona)

Ibrahim Afellay (M) free (Barcelona)

Out:
Thomas Sorenson
(GK) released

Andy Wilkinson (D) released

Wilson Palacios (M) released

Victor Moses (M) end of loan period

Robert Huth (D) undisclosed fee Leicester City

Jamie Ness (M) free Scunthorpe

Steven N’Zonzi (M) £7m Sevilla

Opening fixture of the new season is…Liverpool!

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

You couldn’t make it up as we start the 2016/17 Premier League season against Liverpool at home. Just in case you have forgotten we beat them 6-1 at home at the end of last season J Our first away fixture is Tottenham who we beat away in the same fixture last season. Our final away game is Crystal Palace and we finish the season with a home game against West Ham.

Opening day fixtures see Premiership newboys Bournemouth home to Aston Villa, their fans will like that one; Watford face a tricky trip to Everton and Norwich host Crystal Palace, not an easy fixture given how well Palace have done since Alan Pardew took over.