After what has been a drawn-out and slightly embarrassing managerial search, Stoke City are set to appoint a new manager on Monday.
Having been publicly rejected by Gary Rowett, Quique Sanchez Flores and Martin O’Neill over the course a painful few days, the Potters have appointed former Wolves and Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert on a two-and-a-half year deal.
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Lambert held talks with the club over the weekend as they look to appoint a new manager as soon as possible, and is due to be in the stands for Stoke’s trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Monday night before taking up the role on Tuesday.
The former Scottish international has been out of work since leaving Wolves at the end of last season, and hasn’t managed in the Premier League since being sacked by Villa in February 2015.
Therefore, his appointment might not be the most popular among the Stoke fan base – but recent days have made the club increasingly desperate.It looked for all the world as though Sanchez Flores was set to take the post on Saturday morning, only for the former Watford boss to reaffirm his commitment to current side Espanyol.
It then emerged on Sunday evening that O’Neill had also rejected the chance to replace Mark Hughes, citing the verbal agreement that he has agreed with the FAI to remain as Ireland manager as a major factor in his decision to turn down the Premier League club.
With Stoke currently in the relegation zone and struggling for form and confidence at the moment, Lambert will be up against it to turn the side’s fortunes around and keep them in the top tier of English football.