After the most embarrassing two weeks plus since 2002 for Stoke they have finally named a lower order batsman as the new manager.
Whether Stoke leaked info on the new manager search or just media speculation it has been so damning on the club. I was just warming to QSF if he could turn the team around and dream ahead then the ‘no’ came. MON possibly could have done a stablising job but i did fear that.
Lambert will have to organise the team quick time and hit the ground running. We have a massive task to stay up and be more solid. If we do, i certainly hope so, i and not become a Sunderland and battle relegation season on season.
Hughes gave us some great times but ended up leaving a right mess so i know Lambert will do his best and get my support i just hope it is enough.
Well three months on i have serious doubts that Lambert is the man to take us forward. He has championship experience but obviously tries to talk up positively but it has almost from the start sounded just like hot air, as well not his fault but i struggle and have to listen hard to understand him.
Hindsight is wonderful, but i wished he had given talent a chance and not disciplined it from early on. Instead trusted old steady pros well past their sell by date.
Jese, as i have mentioned in Feb looked to have that spark if given a chance to shake off ring rust would have been up to speed and scored several of the chances recently missed. Yes talent when ignored becomes a cancer in the dressing room but Lambert seems to have one rule for all instead of managing talent to get the best from your work pool. Hindsight maybe but i feel he will only attract very limited players.
I have no answer at present who would/should take over.
Potter is about the only name that I can think of. To be fair to Lambert he has got the players working harder and as a team, something which MH had lost the ability to do. He was the only one prepared to pick up the poisoned chalice – it isn’t his fault that the individual mistakes have cost us at least 8 points during his reign. Had we got those points he would have been hailed as a saviour and we would now be safe. I am not sure that anyone else could have done any better, particularly with our lack of goalscorers.