Stoke City sign Paul Lambert
Less than a day after Martin O’Neill turned down Stoke City, the Potters have made their move.
On Monday, hours before the Premier League match at Man United, Stoke announced that Paul Lambert is their new manager.
The club have announced their managerial appointment on their official website:
The 48-year-old has signed a two-and-half-year contract and will officially take charge at the bet365 Stadium on Tuesday when he will also meet the media.
When the Club made a managerial change nine days ago we stated that we were looking to make an appointment as soon as possible, particularly given our position in the league and the over-riding priority being retaining our place in the Premier League.
That’s a long contract!
Interestingly, the rumours why O’Neill reportedly rejected Stoke was the length of the contract put on the table.
Did Stoke offer O’Neill one deal and Lambert another?
Stoke City spokesman: "We are delighted to welcome Paul Lambert to the club. Once we'd been turned down by Gary Rowett, Quique Sanchez Flores, Martin O'Neill, Robbie Williams, his good friend Jonathan Wilkes & Trevor from the canteen, we knew Paul was the right man for the job."
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) January 15, 2018
Stoke 2 – Manchester United 2
The feeling around both clubs was very different when Stoke played Manchester United in early September.
Coming into that game, Manchester United had won all their Premier League games and were preparing for a title race with Manchester City.
Whilst Eric Choupo Moting scored twice for Stoke on the day in a 2-2 draw – the German has notched just twice since then.
Stoke team news vs Man United
New signing Moritz Bauer is expected to start for Stoke, after joining from Rubin Kazan last week.
Kevin Russell confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Erik Pieters and Bruno Martins Indi should be available for Manchester United after injury lay-offs.
Ryan Shawcross is also expected to be available to face his former club.
If those three players all return, only one Stoke player would be out through injury: Glen Johnson.