Paul Lambert has now become Stoke’s new manager and he expressed how excited he is in getting the job.
The Potters announced on Monday Lambert’s appointment as he replaced the sacked Mark Hughes on a two-and-a-half year contract.
Stoke had been first interested in signing Gary Rowett, Quique Sanchez Flores and Martin O’Neill but removed themselves from the running.
During Paul Lambert’s first press conference at the bet365 Stadium yesterday, those names were mentioned to the new Stoke City boss and said: “Whether I was the 15th or 50th choice, it didn’t matter to me one bit because it is a fantastic football club.
“I’ve had the top people trust me that I can do it, and I’m looking forward to it.
“I’m absolutely delighted that they chose me and that I’m working under them.”
“I never thought I would get the chance again to come back into this level, unless you took a team from the Championship back up, just the way the game is going.
“I’m honoured and privileged to be here and I can’t wait to get started.”
Stoke City who are still in search of a new manager, may get Martin O’Neill as the next in line.
O’Neill has already verbally agreed to a two-year contract to extend his spell in charge of the Republic of Ireland but may reconsider signing for Stoke as the club are really keen on having him.
The club have already abandoned in signing Gary Rowett after he signed a new contract with the Championship side which could run an extension until 2021.
While it is still uncertain whether O’Neill might get the job since the club have other candidates that they are also considering but O’Neill and Stoke City representatives are planning to meet before Monday’s trip to take on Manchester United.
Peter Crouch is hopeful that his recent performances at Stoke City will give him a regular start at his club.
The striker has been given good performances as a substitute this season and was able to score three Premier League goals off the bench.
The club also wants to show him his value as he is going to be given a new one-year contract.
However, the 36-year-old has not yet started a league game this season although boss Mark Hughes named Crouch in the team for last week’s defeat by Liverpool and kept his place with the victory over Swansea.
“I always felt I could still start games and hopefully I’ve proved that.
“It would be nice to have a little run now and stay in the team. That’s what I wanted and signing the contract was where I wanted to be as well.
“Hopefully, I’ve proved myself. I’ve run about and put myself around, so I’ve proved, having played two games in a week, that I’m fit enough to do things at this level. Hopefully, there’s a role for me.”
Crouch was crucial during their game against Swansea and created problems for their defence with the help of Mame Diouf.
“I enjoyed it, I really did. It was nice to have someone like Mame reading the flick-ons and up there to help.
“Myself and him have different attributes and it can really work. Invariably, I’ve played up front on my own and been isolated, so to have a partner up there was a welcome relief.”
DeAndre Yedlin believes Newcastle United will do great this year.
DeAndre Yedlin has high hopes for his squad. He claims the Newcastle United can go a long way following their victory over Stoke City on Saturday.
The Magpies have already secured three successive wins in the Premier League. Yedlin credited these victories to the squad’s unity.
The midfielder talked about their united spirit by saying, “Our team spirit is great right now, and I think that’s a continuation of last year.
“If we can continue that and stick together, then I think we’ll do great this year.
“It’s one of the things the gaffer talked about before the game – we have to show team spirit and get the fans behind us. And they were behind us the whole game, credit to them. Even when (Stoke) tied it up, we kept fighting and the fans got louder and louder, and eventually we got the winning goal.
“For most of the game, we dominated, other than a couple of spells where we lost a bit of focus. They had some chances, but for the most part it was a deserved win.”
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has revealed that the club are close to signing free agent Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
After appearing in two World Cups for Cameroon, the 28-year-old became a free agent and left Schalke 04 this summer.
Stoke emerged as the favourites to sign him over the last week.
Hughes is also confident that they will land the player although he does not want to announce yet until it becomes official.
“He’s a player we’ve got an interest in and it’s one of those we’re hopeful of getting over the line,” Hughes told the Stoke Sentinel.
“You can never say it’s done until it is. I’ve had experiences where clubs have just jumped in at the last moment when you’ve done all the work and they’re able to convince players. We’ll just hang fire until it’s actually official.”
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has brought three new faces into his team squad this summer and will be creating new changes before the start of the Premier League on August 12.
As there are only two remaining friendly games in Germany, some players are still hoping that they can prove themselves into their plans.
“I think at this time of the year there are a few vagaries in form,” Hughes said.
“Some are up to speed quicker than others. You get that at this time of the year. Hopefully, we will get everyone up to speed and the guys who are best suited to go up against Everton away will be the ones who get picked.”
When asked about how he feels about this time, the manager said, “We’re pleased with this period.”
“Once we get through the St Pauli game then almost everyone who is in and around the squad either training or playing will be up to speed.
“I think you saw at Bolton that fitness wise we look in good shape. Now it’s about putting meat on the bone in terms of detail in the game and a little bit more sharpness.
“It’s been a little bit more about minutes and getting general fitness. Now it’s about sharpening everyone up heading into the Everton game.
“Some of the guys who played at Bolton will be involved because we’re still trying to get 90 minutes into almost everybody if we can. Then Leipzig becomes more focused on the likelihood of the team going into Everton. It’s another chance to get time into some of the guys.”
Ashley Young is now in his final 12 months with Manchester United but has the option to stay for one more year if he wishes to is now linked with a move to Stoke.
The 32-year-old Young was linked in moving to Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng, however, Mourinho did not allow the transfer as he still needs the England International for their Europa League campaign.
Now, Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is interested in bringing Young as they also need a replacement for Marko Amautovic who will move to West Ham.
Mourinho is still considering on not giving Young away as he still values the player. Since United is pursuing Ivan Perisic, it is likely that they may just give Young away.
Ashley Young is with Manchester United in the U.S for their pre-season tour and will compete against Manchester City in Maryland on Friday.