Ex Norwich City boss Paul Lambert appointed as Stoke City manager

Paul Lambert has been appointed the new Stoke City manager. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Lambert has been appointed the new Stoke City manager. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Stoke have appointed former Norwich City boss Paul Lambert as their new manager after the Scot signed a two-and-half-year contract to replace sacked Mark Hughes.

Paul Lambert with the League One trophy in 2010. Photo: Nick Butcher

Paul Lambert with the League One trophy in 2010. Photo: Nick Butcher - Credit: Archant © 2010

The Potters were playing Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday evening but the 48-year-old will not officially take charge until Tuesday.

'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.

'He's a man who backed himself as a player, none more so than when he turned down contract offers in Scotland to go on trial in the German Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, and it's obvious he adopts the same approach as a manager.'

Lambert was manager at Carrow Road from 2009 to 2012, during which time the Canaries went from near the bottom of League One to mid-table in the Premier League.

Norwich Manager Paul Lambert signals the only way is up at the end of the Npower Championship match

Norwich Manager Paul Lambert signals the only way is up at the end of the Npower Championship match at Portman Road, Ipswich, in 2011. (Pic by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images) - Credit: Focus Images

Stoke sacked Hughes nine days ago, just hours after an embarrassing FA Cup exit at the hands of Sky Bet League Two club Coventry and with the Potters in the top-flight relegation zone.

Derby's Gary Rowett, Espanyol's Quique Sanchez Flores and Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill were all considered targets but the former signed a new contract last week and over the weekend the other two ruled themselves out of contention.

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Lambert, who has also managed Wolves, Blackburn and Aston Villa, emerged as the preferred candidate and the club have acted swiftly to appoint him.

'When the club made a managerial change nine days ago we stated that we were looking to make an appointment as soon as possible, particularly given our position in the league and the overriding priority being retaining our place in the Premier League,' said a Stoke statement.

'The club reviewed a number of people against the criteria set and met with a small number of parties who had expressed an interest in the job.'

Vice-chairman John Coates said it was imperative the new manager had Premier League experience.

'We were determined to appoint someone with Premier League experience or an extensive knowledge of English football,' he said.

'Paul has been successful in management at clubs with a strong and stable background and with local ownership - the kind of foundation we are able to give to our managers.

'We look forward to working with Paul and supporting him to help achieve our goals.'

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