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Stoke City appoint Paul Lambert as manager

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Stoke City have named former Aston Villa and Norwich boss Paul Lambert as manager.

Lambert, who has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract after Mark Hughes was dismissed this month, will watch Monday night’s match against Manchester United from the stands and will officially take charge on Tuesday.

“Paul greatly impressed us with his knowledge of our squad and had a clear plan of how he would improve our results,” Stoke chairman Peter Coates told the club website.

“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.”

Stoke are 18th in the Premier League table, a point away from safety.

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