Lambert Confident Of Stoke Survival
New manager Paul Lambert was officially unveiled by Stoke City yesterday to the media and the new gaffer believed he had seen enough to be confident the side would avoid the drop this year.
Having replaced Mark Hughes in the managerial seat, Lambert becomes Stoke's third gaffer during the 12 year ownership of the Coates family and having that stability within the club was something that attracted him to the position.
Speaking to the Official Website the 48 year old explained.
'I never thought I would get the chance to come back in to this level unless I took a team up, so I am more than privileged to be here. I can`t wait to get started. I just got a call really late at the weekend asking if I would be interested in meeting the owners. I had no hesitation in that. I was actually up in Scotland and came down and met with them and we had a great chat.'
Lambert went on to say that not being first choice didn't faze him at all.
'This is a real stable club, who have had two managers in 12 years, which is unique. Peter Coates, John Coates and Tony Scholes have been great with me. Whether names like that were banded about, for me it wasn`t important. I never felt for a second that because I wasn`t first choice I wasn`t going to come. This is a great Football Club, with a great fan base. If I was fifteenth choice, it really doesn`t matter. It is a testament to Peter, John and Tony that this Club is regarded in the manner that it is by everybody in football. I am absolutely delighted that they chose me, and I am delighted to be working under them.'
As a message to the fans, Lambert went on to describe how he wanted Stoke to play but he knew the players had to give the fans something to shout about.
'From here on in the supporters will be vital, but we have to give them something, as I said before. We will play with tempo and intensity - we have to do that. We have to be on the front foot, which we will be. If we can do that and play the way I think we can play, then it will be exciting. The home form is vital, but we are good enough to win away from home too. I don`t have a problem in going away and trying to win a game. I don`t set my team up to draw, and that isn`t going to change here.'