Lambert Relishing Stoke Bow
New manager Paul Lambert has said Stoke City's season begins this Saturday as we host Huddersfield Town.
Having been appointed earlier in the week on a two and a half year deal, Huddersfield will be his first game in charge and Lambert is hoping to see the side hit the ground running.
Speaking to the Official Website as he met with the media to preview the game, the Scotsman explained.
'I am excited, very excited. If you asked me a week ago what my plan was then I had no idea, but this came out the blue and it is an absolute honour to be here. I am looking forward to building a relationship with the fans, but most importantly I am looking forward to hopefully winning games. I haven`t slept this week, I don`t think I could spell it at the moment to be honest. It has been non-stop, but that is fantastic.'
Lambert went on to say that ahead of the game he'd have all the usual nerves and adrenaline pumping, but he knows the job well enough to push that aside as we go in search of all three points.
'I have the nerves, as normal, I have the adrenaline rush, as normal, but once I am out there my only focus will be on the game. Whether it is Huddersfield or whoever, I don`t think it makes a difference who we are playing. Every game you play is tough, this one will be tough, they are newly promoted and they will come here and be enthusiastic. We have to match their enthusiasm without a doubt. We want to get on the front foot, and most importantly we want to win the game.'
Looking to the match itself.
'It`s an important game for us, we know we have 15 cup finals now but a number of sides will be saying the same. One or two wins will take you up the table - everything that happened here at this Club before I came in is finished now. We have drawn a line under it, and I have told them that there are 15 games left to turn everything around.'
He went on to say that having had a few days with the group, he's more than confident we can get out of the mess we are in.
'I have a great group of players here, an incredibly talented group but results suggest that things haven`t been too good. If everything was good then I wouldn`t be sitting here in this position - I know that, and I understand that Mark Hughes did a fantastic job here, just as Tony did beforehand. This is probably the first time in a decade that the Club has found themselves in this sort of position. That can happen when maybe you take your eye off the ball just a little bit, but we have a lot of games still to play but we know if we can win enough of them then we will be absolutely fine.'