Paul Lambert attracted to Stoke City's "stability"

Frederick Owens
January 18, 2018

Cape Town - New Stoke City manager Paul Lambert feels the talent is there in his squad to stave off relegation in the final 15 games of the Premier League season.

On Sunday, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill rejected the chance to take over at the bet365 Stadium, after Gary Rowett signed a new contract at Derby County and former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores made a decision to remain with La Liga side Espanyol. I said my piece.

Hughes had famously asked "who else is going to do it?" when interviewers questioned him about his job before he was sacked after five years at the club in central England.

Lambert admitted the chance to manage in the Premier League had come out of the blue, but cited the ownership under Peter Coates, the chairman, John Coates, the vice-chairman, and Tony Scholes, the chief executive, as one of the attractions of working for Stoke. He also says he will speak to coach Eddie Niedzweicki again today about his future at the club.

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Lambert was appointed as Hughes' successor on Monday ahead of their clash with Manchester United, who ran out 3-0 victors at Old Trafford with the Scot watching from the stands.

"I'm 100% sure that we have enough to stay up". As a team we have to be better.

His first match in charge will be Saturday's home Premier league game against fellow strugglers Huddersfield. The Potters are now in the relegation zone, and Lambert and Taylor know that they have a big challenge on their hands to reverse that slump. I don't think it's just the defence, I think it's collective.

As a player, he won the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund in 1997 and claimed four Scottish titles with Celtic, as well as earning 40 Scotland caps.

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