Stoke City turn to Paul Lambertby Jack Kitson / 15 January 2018, 11:31Tweet
After a number of setbacks Stoke City have now found their man in Paul Lambert, who has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract.
Quique Flores Sanchez and Martin O’Neill were both hotly linked with the Potters, only to each rule themselves out of the running over the weekend.
Gary Rowett ending up signing a new contract with Derby, while Ryan Giggs is set to be named the new Wales manager.
According to reports the club were never interested in Slaven Bilic, who isn’t keen to return to management yet anyway.
There were unconfirmed rumours of Rafa Benitez, Lee Johnson and Graham Potter, however it's Lambert who has darted over to the Bet365 stadium.
Lambert has his qualities but Stoke’s supporters are unlikely to be too inspired by a manager whose previous two posts came in the Championship, with Wolves and Blackburn, while he was last seen in the Premier League with Aston Villa three years ago.
The Scot began his managerial career with Livingston in 2005, before moving south of the border with Wycome then Colchester. Lambert went on to lead Norwich from League One up to the Premier League, this was followed by an impressive 12th place finish, 11 points clear of the drop zone.
Lambert endured a forgettable tenure at Aston Villa during which he won only 34 of his 115 matches in charge. After a brief break he returned to the dugout with Blackburn, with whom he saved from relegation, but then opted to activate his release clause.
In November 2016 Lambert replaced Walter Zenga at Wolves, steering the club to 15th place and famously beating Liverpool at Anfield, however the club opted to make a change at the end of last season, bringing in Nuno Santo in the other direction.
Paul Lambert is now as short as 1/10 for the Stoke City job.#SCFC fans, would you be happy with this appointment?— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) January 15, 2018
Stoke, 18th, are in action tonight away to Man Utd, with caretaker Eddie Niedzwiecki overseeing the first team. The Potters have only taken one point from their last five away games, conceding 5+ goals in two of their last four matches on the road.
Lambert's first match in charge will be at home to Huddersfield on Saturday.
It’s fair to say many Stoke fans are not happy with this...
Paul Lambert fancies a crack at the Stoke job does he? I fancy a crack at Beyoncé mate, doesn't mean it's gonna happen.— James Proctor (@proctor_dre) January 8, 2018
If Paul lambert becomes our manager I’m not supporting this club anymore I’m being serious— . (@SCFCRelated) January 14, 2018