UK time is: 13:06:21
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Final episode for Boskamp soap

Will he stay or will he go? The long running saga of everyday football managers at Stoke City now appears to be reaching a conclusion.

With the suspension of Director of Football, John Rudge and Assistant Manager, Jan de Koning on Friday night all the signs are now pointing to the board backing Johan Boskamp.

From reports it appears that the club board was split between the English section who wanted to see the pair remain in their roles and the Icelandic controlling interest who wanted Boskamp to remain.

Boskamp is remaining tight lipped other than to reiterate the line that he wants to stay and revealing that he has a meeting arranged with the Chairman and Chief Executive after the match against QPR on Thursday week (23rd March).

According to keeper, Steve Simonsen, the players have said that they are 100% behind Boskamp and want him to stay but were surprised that De Koning and Rudge had been suspended for the second time this season.

From polls we have carried out on Vital Football it is clear that fans are not quite so keen to have Boskamp in charge next season and a majority don’t think he will stay whatever the outcome.

It is still very unclear if Boskamp will stay even if he gets the backing of the board and a new contract. That really is the nightmare scenario, as we would have lost all three key members of the management team at one fell swoop. It is widely recognised that it was John Rudge who brought in Chadwick and Gallagher and Jan De Koning who was instrumental in signing Bangoura. All three players have been crucial to our survival this season. Without them I believe that we would have been battling it out with the likes of Crewe and Brighton at the bottom of the table.

This is a far bigger mess than either the sackings of Gudjon Thordarson and Tony Pulis or the premature departure of Steve Cotterill and has again left this club and its board looking very stupid. With better management this would have been nipped in the bud, instead the Icelandics buried their heads in the nearest snowdrift and hoped it would all blow over.

All I hope for is that it is sorted out once and for all next week and the club can get on and start planning for a more successful and stable season in 2006/07.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Chris Baldwin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 20 2006

Time: 10:24PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Stoke City Articles

Bojan wins October goal of the month (Saturday November 22 2014)

Coates hit with F.A. charge (Friday November 21 2014)

Stoke sweat on defensive duo (Friday November 21 2014)

Butland's seven day Derby extension (Friday November 21 2014)

Bojan wins Spurs man of the match poll (Monday November 17 2014)

Stoke's October goal of the month (Monday November 17 2014)

Stylish Stoke win away at Spurs (Sunday November 9 2014)

Archived Stoke City Articles

List All Vital Stoke Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. lloyd_17 10

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Stoke 1 - 2 Burnley
Spurs 1 - 2 Stoke
Stoke 2 - 2 West Ham
Southampton 1 - 0 Stoke
Stoke 2 - 1 Swansea
Sunderland 3 - 1 Stoke

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
7. Swansea 12 5 3 4 3 18
8. Arsenal 12 4 5 3 5 17
9. Everton 12 4 5 3 3 17
10. Stoke 12 4 3 5 -2 15
11. Liverpool 11 4 2 5 -1 14
12. Spurs 11 4 2 5 -2 14
13. WBA 12 3 4 5 -4 13

Breaking League News

Liverpool: Palace vs. LFC Team News
» Liverpool : 23/11/2014 12:41:00
United Line-Up Keeper Swap deal?
» Man Utd : 23/11/2014 12:00:00
Burnley Stoke Fire And Get Warm Glow!
» Burnley : 23/11/2014 11:40:00
"We`re Not Great Yet" - Warns Jose!
» Chelsea : 23/11/2014 11:36:00
Now that`s Better!
» Chelsea : 23/11/2014 11:30:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM vs Burnley
Suggested By:  
Begovic 0%
Bardsley 50%
Shawcross 0%
Cameron 0%
Muniesa 0%
N'Zonzi 0%
Sidwell 50%
Moses 0%
Bojan 0%
Walters 0%
Crouch 0%
Arnautovic 0%
Crouch 0%
Adam 0%