Struggling Stoke City appointed Paul Lambert as their new manager on Monday after the Scot signed a two-and-half-year contract to replace the sacked Mark Hughes.
Lambert arrives with Stoke 18th in the Premier League and the team having shipped a total of 47 goals in 22 matches—the worst defensive record in the division—though he won’t officially take charge until Tuesday after the team have faced Manchester United.
Stoke confirmed in their statement that Lambert’s remit first and foremost is to keep the side in the Premier League.
The Stoke owners, who had persisted with Hughes until the club was knocked out of the FA Cup by lower-division Coventry City, said they were impressed by Lambert’s pedigree as a Champions League-winning player for German giants Borussia Dortmund. “Paul greatly impressed us with his knowledge of our squad and had a clear plan of how he would improve our results,” said chairman Peter Coates.