New manager Paul Lambert is confident Stoke City can stay up


New Stoke City manager Paul Lambert backed his side to beat the drop.

The Scot spoke positively of the squad he has inherited as he was unveiled to the media at the bet365 stadium.

Stoke are currently in the relegation zone and are one point away from safety.

“I’m 100% sure that we have enough to stay up. The club shouldn’t be in the position we are in,” he said.

The 48-year-old was extremely impressed with the player’s reaction to him in training.

“The players were great. That’s easy for me to say but they really were and hopefully, they can sustain that level.”

The former Blackburn and Wolves manager was appointed yesterday and has signed a two-and-a-half year deal at the club.

The former Champions League winner was clearly happy to have the opportunity to manage a Premier League club again.

“I never thought I would get the chance to come back into a place like this. The way things have been going, I’m honoured and privileged to be here and can’t wait to get started.

“I’m not new to the Premier League, my whole playing career was at a high level and I’ve managed in the Premier League with Norwich, Aston Villa… I love it. It’s not something to faze me.”

The new Stoke City boss was not concerned by that other names had been linked to the job prior to his appointment.

Lambert acknowledged that Espanyol’s Quique Sanchez Flores and Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill were also approached for the position.

“I didn’t need convincing. Maybe they were favourites, maybe they weren’t. Whether I was the 15th choice it doesn’t matter, I wanted to come here.

“The stability of the club is a big attraction. You can see how the pressure affects managers in football clubs who are chopping and changing all the time so I’m delighted to be here.”

Lambert also commented on the state of the current squad, including players out on loan such as Giannelli Imbula and Bojan.

“I spoke about the lads out on loan yesterday and I want to have a conversation about what’s going to happen here. That’s something for the future, my main priority at the moment is to win games.”

Lambert will be introduced to Stoke City fans on Saturday when he takes charge of the Potters at home to Huddersfield Town.

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