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Stoke City Appoint Paul Lambert as Manager Following Mark Hughes' Dismissal

Stoke City Appoint Paul Lambert as Manager Following Mark Hughes' Dismissal

The club had sacked Mark Hughes earlier this month following a poor run, and have now hired 48-year-old Lambert who signed a two-and-a-half-year contract.

They were prepared to offer the job to former Watford gaffer Quique Sanchez Flores, but he rejected the opportunity to take over as he announced his intention to stay with Espanyol.

O'Neill has instead chosen to remain at Ireland, with whom he verbally agreed a new contract in October.

Vice-chairman 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".

Former Scotland and Celtic midfielder Lambert, who won the Champions League as a player with Borussia Dortmund in 1997, joined Norwich City as manager in 2009 and helped them win the (third tier) League One title in 2010.

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A poor stint at Aston Villa followed, with Lambert failing to win over supporters, and his reputation has not recovered, with poor short term spells at Blackburn Rovers and Wolves following.

He was in charge of a total of 142 games, winning 70 and drawing 35, before leaving for Aston Villa after guiding the Canaries to a 12th-place finish in the Premier League.

Stoke have picked up just nine Premier League points from a possible 36 since the start of November and find themselves facing the threat of serious relegation after 10 consecutive top flight seasons.

Unfortunately, Lambert's appointment didn't go down too well with Stoke fans on social media, while others scoffed at the news.