Stoke City have confirmed former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert as their new manager.

Lambert replaces Mark Hughes, who the Potters sacked last week, with the club in the Premier League relegation zone after a dismal run of form.

It was expected that former Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores would replace Hughes, but the Spaniard opted to stay at Espanyol after failing to agree terms with Stoke.

For Lambert this is a chance at redemption. The Scott has never been relegated as a manager, but has seen his reputation damaged by troubled spells at Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

However, it has been reported that Lambert impressed in his interview with the Stoke board, with Stoke chairman Peter Coates saying: ”Paul greatly impressed us with his knowledge of the squad and has a clear plan of how to improve the results.”

Lambert will be in the stands tonight as his new team take on Manchester United at Old Trafford, meaning his first game in charge of Stoke will be against fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

It is also believed that he will be backed in the transfer window as he aims to extend Stoke’s ten-year stay in the top flight of English football.

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