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OFFICIAL club website of stoke city

A Gradual Change


EDDIE NIEDZWIECKI believes Mark Hughes will do his utmost to give Stoke City's fantastic support what they expect.


Niedzwiecki checked-in at the Britannia Stadium as first team coach last week following Mark Hughes' appointment as manager.


And although he's a relative newcomer to the Potteries, he's acutely aware of the demands of the Club's followers.


"Whenever you come to Stoke, the noise levels are fantastic," he says. "No disrespect, but it's a working man's area and we know that people here work hard for their money and they expect the same from their team.


"Tony Pulis has done a fantastic job. I've spoken to him as I've known him as a friend for many years and I have the utmost respect for him.


"We knew that whenever we came to Stoke, we would be in for a game and we hope to make it the fortress it has been.


"We'll probably play a different type of football, but it's important the change is gradual. We need to see what we've got in the building and what they are capable of."


Hughes, assistant manager Mark Bowen and Niedzwiecki will get their first look at the players when they report back on 8 July.


But the trio are working hard behind-the-scenes as they prepare for the 2013-14 Premier League season which gets underway with a trip to Liverpool on Saturday 17th August.


Niedzwiecki added: "Without wanting to give away too much, we're having different targets thrown at us and we're doing our homework on them.


"But on the other side of it, we're really looking forward to meeting with the players and working with the guys who are already here.


"I'm really pleased to be here and can't wait to get started. I've been very impressed by what I've seen so far - the training ground set-up is newish and there are things that we've seen already that we can stamp our name on with the way that we work.


"Everyone has been very, very welcoming which is nice."


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