Struggling Stoke appoint Lambert

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Stoke City have appointed Paul Lambert as their new manager on Monday after the Scot signed a two-and-half-year contract to replace sacked Mark Hughes.

The club faces Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday, but the 48-year-old former Aston Villa and Norwich manager will take charge on Tuesday.

Peter Coates, the chairman of Stoke City added that the Scottish manager who had previously been with Wolverhampton Wanders & Blackburn Rovers impressed during his interview.  said: “Paul greatly impressed us with his knowledge of our squad and had a clear plan of how he would improve our results.”

“He’s a man who backed himself as a player, none more so than when he turned down contract offers in Scotland to go on trial in the German Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, and it’s obvious he adopts the same approach as a manager.”

John Coates added: “Paul has been successful in management at clubs with a strong and stable background and with local ownership – the kind of foundation we are able to give to our managers.

“We were determined to appoint someone with Premier League experience or an extensive knowledge of English football. We look forward to working with Paul and supporting him to help achieve our goals.”

Stoke are currently 18th in the Premier League and are one point away from safety.