Paul Lambert has been appointed as the new manager of Championship strugglers Ipswich Town.
Lambert succeeds Paul Hurst at Portman Road, who was sacked on Thursday with Ipswich bottom of the Sky Bet Championship table, and has signed a contract until the summer of 2021.
“I am delighted that Paul has agreed to become manager of Ipswich Town,” owner Marcus Evans told the official club website.
“He made it clear from our first conversation that he would relish the opportunity to come here.”
Lambert has managed Ipswich’s great rivals Norwich as well as Aston Villa, Blackburn and Wolves.
The 49-year-old Scot took over at Stoke in the second half of last season, but he failed to keep the Potters in the Premier League.
“I can’t wait to get going and I’ll be using all my experience – and give everything I’ve got for Ipswich Town,” Lambert said.
“I know about the history of the club, what a fantastic football club it is and I’m proud to be the manager here.
“Obviously it’s been a difficult start to the season but to get through this period we need to be pulling together as one – players, staff and supporters.”