Less than a week on from claims that they were keeping an eye on Rafa Benitez following Mark Hughes’ dismissal, Stoke City have announced Paul Lambert as their new manager on a two and a half year deal – and uninspiring appointment that MUST be seen as good news for NUFC in the relegation battle.
Hughes was sacked just over a week ago, leaving the Potters in the relegation zone after just 2 wins out of 12 in the league.
Since then, Stoke chiefs have endured a frantic search for a new manager, however they saw moves for Gary Rowett, Quique Sanchez Flores and Martin O’Neill all end unsuccessfully, forcing them to turn to Paul Lambert.
Given Stoke’s dire position in the table and desperate need for a lift, Lambert’s appointment appears to have gone down badly – and it’s easy to see why given his last two managerial posts have seen him finish 15th in the Championship with Blackburn and Wolves!
He never got Villa relegated during his three year stint in the Premier League from 2012-2015, however his appointment must be seen as good news for NUFC, with Stoke just three points behind us in the table ahead of their trip to Old Trafford tonight.
Here’s some reactions from Stoke and NUFC fans to his appointment:
If Paul lambert becomes our manager I’m not supporting this club anymore I’m being serious
— . (@SCFCRelated) January 14, 2018
At this point we need a leader who can rally the players AND the fans. I don't wish to labour the point, but Paul Lambert couldn't motivate a man suffering from chronic diarrhea to go for a cack. I honestly can't think of a worse appointment.
— Trouserdog (@TrouserdogSCFC) January 14, 2018
I’m nothing other than ok with Paul Lambert getting the Stoke job.
— NUFCThreatLevel (@NUFCThreatLevel) January 15, 2018
Paul Lambert to Stoke City is not an improvement on Mark Hughes.
— Andrew Musgrove (@ADMusgrove) January 15, 2018
— Newcastle Fans TV (@NewcastleFansTV) January 15, 2018
Paul Lambert is Stoke's new manager…
I think their fans are pleased. pic.twitter.com/DPEAcPOQ6g
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) January 15, 2018