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Will it be Hughes? Or will it be Pulis?

Posted in Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on September 19, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The fixture computer certainly knows how to pick them as only six games into the new season and Stoke’s home game against West Brom this weekend is a real six pointer and it could see possibly both managers sacked. Mark Hughes is now the bookeis favorite to be the first Premiership manager to be sacked, taking over from previous favourite…West Brom’s Tony Pulis.

Bojan asks for the players to share the pain of defeat with Hughes and get believing in themselves again. It does appear that Hughes may have lost the dressing room as the old guard – the remaining Pulis era players- have yet to speak out about the current bad form and play, most notably the captain Ryan Shawcross, who should be leading the rallying calls for players and fans alike.

Something needs to change and quickly with -11 goal difference after only five games and in three of those games we have shipped four goals. Hughes Out is the cry on the Oatcake messageboard and I will give Hughes one more chance as we must win at home against West Brom. Hull at home in the League Cup before that and a chance to try some younger/fringe players with a bit more fire and steel in their play? Who to replace Hughes if he goes? Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe could do a good job, anyone but Steve McClaren 🙂

Bruno Martins Indi Stoke bound?

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , on August 31, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi looks set to join Stoke today on a season long loan, with an option to buy him next summer. If we sign the Dutch international expect Wollscheid to leave.

The ongoing Saido Berahino saga will reach a conclusion today with Stoke still hopeful of signing him if West Brom land their striker target. Of course West Brom’s current manager is the king of deadline day Tony Pulis. If not Berahino then Man City’s Wilfied Bony on loan could happen and pave the way for Joselu to leave.

There could even be a surprise signing (he said in hope!) as Mark Hughes and his management team do like to conduct transfers away from the spotlight as much as possible.

Stoke U23’s lost 1-0 to Bradford last night in the Checkatrade Trophy and senior players Charlie Adam and Marc Muniesa played a part.

Summer ins/outs:
IN
Joe Allen (Liverpool £13m)

Ramadan Sobhi (Al Alhay 6m Euros)

Ryan Sweeney (AFC Wimbledon – undisclosed fee))

OUT
Peter Odemwingie (released) *

Steve Sidwell (Brighton & Hove Albion – free) *

Marc Wilson (AFC Bournemouth – undisclosed fee) *

George Waring (Shrewsbury Town – loan)

Choulay (Shrewsbury Town – loan)

* = in last season’s 25 man squad list

74 injuries and Tuncay is back!

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

An interesting article in the Sentinel showed we have had 74 injuries this season to date – compare that to just 18 for Champions in waiting Leicester. That is an enormous number and could go some way to explaining our inconsistent form this season, the latest being a disappointing 4-0 defeat away at Man City at the weekend. Another factor is the team performance, or more precisely the lack of team performance, as few players seem to be battling and working as a team on the pitch of late. Wollscheid hits the nail on the head in his interview here.

We need to finish our last three games with some of that old battling Stoke spirit as three more losses will carry on into next season and with a summer that could see Arnie leave, possibly followed by others like Crouch?

Afellay is out for what looks like the remainder of the year, so Mark Hughes will definitely need some summer signings as cover. Better news in that Marc Wilson played a behind closed doors friendly against Crewe as he continues his comeback from injury.

Tony Pulis and his current side West Brom all but dented Spurs title hopes last night and paved the way for Leicester to be crowned champions – in Pulis we trust 😉

Tuncay will be back at the Brit! He’s the latest player to be confirmed for Andy Wilkinson’s testimonial game on Monday 16 May at 7:45pm. Others set to feature include Mama Sidibe, Ricardo Fuller, James Beattie, Danny Higginbotham, Liam Lawrence, Mark Stein, Peter Crouch and Asmir Begovic.

Farewell Huth – the Berlin Wall

Posted in football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on June 24, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Sad to see a modern day Stoke legend Robert Huth leave the club and join Leicester City on a three year deal. He had been at Leicester on loan since January and had proved a real hit with the fans.

He made 188 appearances for Stoke since joining from Middlesbrough back in 2009. He formed a truly immense partnership in central defence with Ryan Shawcross under the reign of Tony Pulis. He was injured for much of the last season until Christmas time and hasn’t really played much since Mark Hughes became manager.

Good luck Mr Huth, wished he could have played on for another year for us

.Huth

Stoke draw with Man Utd, Pulis and Shotton away!

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

Stoke drew with Man Utd today 1-1 with an early Ryan Shawcross goal and a disallowed Stoke penalty. Man Utd had more long balls than us yet their manager thinks we’re a long ball team! That’s seven points from nine over the festive season, a very good points haul. Next up non-league Wrexham at home in the third round of the FA Cup. Have to be careful as they are doing well this season and we have a so-so record against non-league/lower league sides. I am not going to even mention by name that north eastern non-league club who beat us in the 1970’s, a case where I can sadly say I was there…

Former manager Tony Pulis has joined West Brom as their new manager. Good luck to him and hands off Glen Whelan and Jon Walters!

Ryan Shotton has joined Derby County on a permanent deal after being on loan with them since the summer. A local player he made over 70 appearances for us and good luck to him. With the January transfer window now open we may see Brek Shea leave and possibly Andy Wilkinson join Millwall permanently.

Contracts wise rumour is Glen Whelan has been offered an improved contract and a new contract has been offered to Peter Odemwingie, who is currently out injured until June. No news on a new deal for Peter Crouch as yet.

Hull City 1-1 Stoke City

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on August 24, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Dire…that in a word sums up Stoke’s performance today. Wilson needs dropping pronto; need a little more grit to match the fancy play and Diouf I really hope he starts to show what made him so good at Hanover! Fair play to ten man Hull who battled like the Stoke of old and a late Shawcross equaliser meant we got our first point and goal of the new season.

Will we add another centre back ahead of next Monday’s transfer deadline? Interestingly one rumour over Pulis leaving Crystal Palace was that he wanted a triple Stoke swoop on Crouch, Walter and Wilson which Palace wouldn’t authorise. On Wilson’s current form many Stoke fans would happily drive him down to south London…

Players report back from pre-season training this week

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on July 7, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke players report back for pre-season training on Wednesday 9th July. There will be four new faces – Phil Bardsley, Mama Diouf, Steve Sidwell and Dionatan Teixeira. Mark Hughes said recently he wants two more new players and it looks as though they would be ideally signed sooner rather than later, a distinct change from the transfer deadline day madness we were used to under Pulis.

Robert Huth is expected to be ready for pre-season training to and I am sure he will update Stoke fans via his Twitter account when/if he makes pre-season.

So far only Michael Kightly has left to join Burnley, although players like Ryan Shotton, Maurice Edu, Jamie Ness and Wilson Palacios look set to leave if suitable clubs can be found.

Few former players on the move as Liam Lawrence joined Shrewsbury Town on a free and signed a two year contract. Chris Iwelumo has signed for Conference Premier side Chester and Louis Moult (he never really troubled the first team whilst at the club) has joined Wrexham. Surprised Matthew Etherington hasn’t found a club as yet.