Paul Lambert has confirmed that former Limerick manager Stuart Taylor will join him at Stoke City, despite only joining Rangers last week.
Speaking to the media for the first time since his appointment, Lambert confirmed that Taylor would be joining him art the club, with the pair having worked together previously in Lambert’s managerial spells with Wolves and Aston Villa.
Paul Lambert confirms Stuart Taylor will be joining him at the club as Assistant Manager. He also says he will speak to coach Eddie Niedzweicki again today about his future at the club. #SCFC
— BBC Radio Stoke (@BBCRadioStoke) January 16, 2018
Taylor had only just arrived at Ibrox, having been recruited by manager Graham Murty to assist Billy Kirkwood and Peter Lovenkrands in overseeing the club’s development squad. Evidently, however, the call of the Premier League and the chance to work with Lambert again proved too much of a draw for the 43-year-old.
Taylor’s management career began in the League of Ireland, when he was chosen as the surprise appointment for Limerick FC in 2013. He guided the Super Blues to seventh in the Premier Divison table that same year, before leaving the club by mutual consent in the middle of the 2014 season.
Lambert, who was given the job on a two-year deal this week after the club were turned down by Quique Sanchez Flores and Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, watched on from the stands as his new side were beaten 3-0 by Man United at Old Trafford. The Potters are currently in the relegation zone, and Lambert and Taylor know that they have a big challenge on their hands to reverse that slump.