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Lambert's Excitement

Paul Lambert

PAUL LAMBERT admits he is still pinching himself following his appointment as Stoke City boss earlier this week.

The Scotsman penned a two-and-a-half year deal on Monday morning, bringing an end to the Club’s nine day search for Mark Hughes’ successor.

Lambert is in line to make his managerial debut at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday when the Potters play host to Huddersfield Town, and says he simply can’t wait to get back out on the touchline.

“I am excited, very excited,” he said at his pre-match press conference on Thursday morning.

“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.”

The former Borussia Dortmund and Celtic midfielder says he will feel all the usual nerves and adrenaline ahead of kick-off, but admits that once the action gets underway his mind will firmly be focussed on helping his new troops to maximum 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,” he added.

“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.”