Scot looking forward to his opening game as City manager...
PAUL LAMBERT hopes his recent memory of facing Huddersfield Town will put him in good stead ahead of his maiden game in charge of Stoke City.
The Scot last went head-to-head against the Terriers last April as Wolverhampton Wanderers boss and admits he is excited to get back in the dugout at the bet365 Stadium this weekend.
Lambert has been impressed with the job his managerial counterpart David Wagner has done at the John Smith’s Stadium and says Saturday’s game will be a tough encounter.
The 48-year-old took charge of his first full training session on Thursday as he sets out his plan to pull City out of the relegation places – starting with a positive result against the Yorkshire side tomorrow.
“When I was at Wolves, we played David’s team last year and he’s done a great job in getting them up,” the new Potters boss said.
“I know roughly what they are like from last season, albeit they’ve brought one or two new lads in, and it’s going to be a tough game – every game is tough in the Premier League.
“We have to earn the right to win the game, but also they will have to worry about us as well, we have quality in our side and our aim is to get maximum points.
“I have tried to give the lads some ideas of what I expect from them, but we have worked on the basics over the last two days.
“Fans want to see a winning style, and that is what we will try to do.”
Tomorrow will be Lambert’s first game back as a Premier League manager for three years after departing Aston Villa in 2015.
He knows results need to change quickly for his new side and believes City supporters will play a crucial part in the final 15 games of the season.
“I don’t think I need to prove myself. I will do what I can to help, but the fans and the players are the most important people here,” he added.
“If we can get them bouncing off each other, then that will make a huge difference. I have had four years at this level so this isn’t new to me. I have loved every minute of being back involved.”