Paul Lambert and Stoke City have parted ways after a meeting was held this afternoon.
Lambert and the board have come to a mutual agreement that will see Lambert free to walk away from the club that he joined in the hope of saving them from relegation towards the end of last season. Sadly for Lambert and the club, he was not able to get the side to produce the results needed to stay in the top flight and the club was relegated despite winning on the last day of the season in Swansea, just Lambert’s second victory.
Lambert took over from Mark Hughes at the bet365 Stadium, the latter moving onto Southampton who he managed to keep in the Premiership.
A statement on the clubs official website read: “Stoke City can confirm that Paul Lambert has today left his position as manager by mutual consent. We would like to thank Paul for his work over the past four months and wish him well for the future. While he was unable to guide us to Premier League safety after being appointed in January, it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of effort, professionalism and dedication on his part.
“The Club will appoint a replacement as soon as possible in order to give the new manager time to prepare for the challenge of the 2018-19 season in the Championship.”
Speculation has already begun as to just who will take over the manager’s seat at the club and it’s the usual candidates that have been pushed forward.
Big Sam Allardyce is obviously one name and another recently sacked man, David Moyes.
Interestingly, Tony Pulis, who is now the manager at Middlesbrough is also a manager that is being linked with the club after failing to lead his side to victory in the playoffs against Aston Villa.