Stoke City have appointed former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert as their new coach, on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
The Potters who sacked Mark Hughes last weekend, are 18th in the league, a point from safety, and travel to Old Trafford to play Manchester United on Monday, although Lambert won’t be in the dugout for the game.
Lambert wasn’t quite top of the Potters’ shortlist to succeed Hughes, but Gary Rowett, Martin O’Neill and Quique Sanchez Flores all turned down the job, and chairman Peter Coates was impressed by Lambert’s knowledge of the squad, as the appointment was announced on the club’s website.
Former Villa manager Lambert also managed Norwich City in the Premier League. The Champions League winning Scot’s last managerial stint was with Wolves in last season’s Championship.