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Paul's Pride

Paul Lambert

PAUL LAMBERT has spoken of his pride at becoming the new manager of Stoke City Football Club in his first press conference as boss on Tuesday afternoon.

The 48-year-old signed a two-and-a-half year deal yesterday to take over the managerial reins from former incumbent Mark Hughes.

The appointment of the former Norwich City and Aston Villa manager sees him become only the third boss during the 12-year ownership of the Coates family. 

The stable footing afforded by local owners is something that enticed Lambert to take on the role and he is looking forward to working under John and Peter Coates. 

“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,” the Scotsman said. “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.

“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.”