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McClean Urges His Fans To Judge Him As A Player

Posted on July 28, 2018  in Uncategorized

The newcomer of Stoke City James McClean urged his new fans to judge him purely as a footballer. He came up with this appeal as many people showed their anger on social media on this player as he refused to wear the poppy on Remembrance weekend. Looking at the anger, the Irish international tweeted directly to Stoke City fans stating that he is delighted to be the part of the club and he cannot wait to enter the pitch. He requested his fans to judge him only based on how he plays on the pitch. He promised Stoke fans that he would give everything he has when he pulls on the jersey. With the support of his fans, he said he would help the club reach for greater heights.

McClean had already explained earlier that he doesn’t wish to wear a poppy and this should not be mistaken as a sign of disrespect to the ones who lost their lives in the world wars. He made it clear that wearing a poppy is not only about victims of World War One and Two. He would have won it each day if it was only about those victims, but it doesn’t signify for all conflicts Britain has done. Considering the history where he comes from, the newcomer said he cannot wear a poppy. He has hailed from Derry and poppy means totally something different to McClean and to people from the Northern part of Ireland.  For McClean, wearing a poppy is as good as disrespecting the innocent people who are no more in this world.

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Rowett ready for new season

Posted on July 11, 2018  in Uncategorized

Stoke City new manager Gary Rowett said that he is ready for the new season and that he has already talked to his players about the objectives of this season. He said that the pre-season has started well and he wants to make sure that each player knows what he will be expecting from them.

Gary Rowett said that he is not the sort of manager that will tolerate mediocrity and that he wants all his players to give their best in every match. He believes that this kind of discipline starts in the training sessions and he has told his players that he wants them to give their best as from day 1. (more…)



Stoke City Boss Not Giving Up On Premier League Status

Posted on June 10, 2018  in Uncategorized

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert has indicated that the players are focused on the job at hand despite facing the dire prospect of top-flight relegation. The Potters have not won any of their previous 11 league games and they are facing a daunting task of remaining in the Premier League with a tough fixture at Liverpool this weekend.

Speaking to reporters, Lambert has highlighted that the player remain optimistic of beating the drop despite being four points adrift of safety, he said: “The only hangover we had was the lads being a little bit down because we gave it everything to try and get a result. They have given us everything to try and turn it around and we are still in a fight. Yes it’s hard, but we will never give up.We had a meeting with the team to see how everybody felt and one thing’s for sure, I can trust them. That’s all I ask… I will never let the training ground feel down because I know we’ve got a job on our hands to stay in the league and we will always be positive.” (more…)

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Stoke City Manager Explains Ramadan Sobhi’s Absence

Posted on April 25, 2018  in Uncategorized

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert has revealed that Ramadan Sobhi has been excluded out of Premier League duties as he has to develop the defensive side of his game. The Potters are presently in a relegation scrap in 19th spot, and the Scot believes his side requires players, who are willing to put their body on the line for Premier League survival.

Ahead of the club’s game versus Manchester City, Lambert said:“I had to get him to grasp what I wanted him to do without the ball because I felt we were too open. He’s lightning quick, I think he’s strong, very strong, but he had to understand where I wanted him without the ball and that took a wee bit of time. But he’s definitely getting there. The biggest compliment I can give Ramadan is that he’s really unpredictable, which is a great asset to have.”

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Paul Lambert discusses Peter Crouch speculation

Posted on March 23, 2018  in Uncategorized

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert has dismissed the prospect of selling veteran striker Peter Crouch during the winter transfer window. The 36-year-old has recently emerged as a shock target for Chelsea with their head coach in the search for a tall target man.

Crouch has started in just eight of his 22 appearances this campaign, but he has still remained influential towards the Potters’ season as he provides the physical absence with his height which enables him to win almost every ball in the air.



Mark Hughes bemoans individual errors after Crystal Palace defeat

Posted on January 26, 2018  in Uncategorized

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has said that his side were made to pay for individual mistakes during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace. The Staffordshire outfit took the lead in the second-half with Xherdan Shaqiri, but they were pegged back just three minutes later with Ruben Loftus-Cheek restoring parity.

Eventually, Mamadou Sakho popped up with a 92nd-minute winner which handed the Eagles only their second Premier League win of the season – both of which have come at Selhurst Park. Following the game, Hughes was bitterly disappointed with the result as he felt Stoke should have won the match.



Mark Hughes Happy to Pay £7 Million Loan Fee for Kurt Zouma

Posted on October 26, 2017  in Uncategorized

Stoke City made a surprising decision to bring in Kurt Zouma from Chelsea on a loan deal, but only after deciding to pay a £ 7 million fee for the one-year loan spell.

Many clubs decided not to accept this decision, but Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says that the decision has already been profitable withZouma being able to offer great quality to the club. The club were able to get a first win in five matches after beating Southampton during the weekend. Even though the team are conceding a lot of goals, it could have been much worse had it not been for the presence of Kurt Zouma.

The Frenchman is only 22 years old and is valued at £ 40 million by the Stoke City manager. He has featured in six league matches this season. The 22-year-old suffered a major injury during the 2016-17 season and was on the sidelines for most of the campaign. As a result, Chelsea felt that he needed to be at the club were regular first-team football was offered in order to rediscover his former glory days. (more…)


Mark Hughes Happy with the Impact of Jese Rodriguez

Posted on August 30, 2017  in Uncategorized

Stoke City have been able to make a decent start to the league campaign with one win from their opening two matches.

The victory came in the home match against Arsenal. Manager Mark Hughes has also seen the positive impact made by summer signing Jesé Rodriguez, who scored on his debut against Arsenal. Stoke come the back of a disappointing season in which the club could only finish in the bottom half of the table. As a result, there is reasonable pressure on Hughes in order to get the club back into the top half and even challenge for the Europa League places.

Hughes says that he is delighted with the impact of Jese Rodriguez and the way he has been able to settle almost immediately since making the loan move from Paris St Germain. After the French outfit brought in Neymar, the competition for places became stiff at the Parc Des Princes. As a result, the former Real Madrid forward has decided to come to the Bet365 stadium. (more…)


Shaqiri wants to win trophies

Posted on July 21, 2017  in Uncategorized

Stoke City winger XherdanShaqiri has stated that he wants to win the Premier League as well as the Champions League while playing for Stoke City.

He believes that the club can do it if they invest in the club and that they already have the necessary foundation for success.

He was speaking after the club announced the signing of Darren Fletcher. The club made an interesting start to the season but their form dwindled during the campaign, and they ultimately finish 13th in the table.

XherdanShaqiri said that this time the club should be aiming for higher. He said that he will be doing his best to help the club finish higher in the table this season but that the club should also continue in purchasing quality players.

When asked whether Stoke City can replicate what Leicester City has done, he said that he is convinced that the club could achieve the same feat. He believes that there are some great players within the team and that they have the necessary experience to challenge for titles. (more…)


Butland need to prove himself

Posted on May 4, 2017

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has told Jack Butland that he needs to prove himself with his club first before ever thinking of getting a place in the England national team.

This comes after the statement made by the goalkeeper that he wants to establish himself as the first team goalkeeper of the England national team.

Mark Hughes has told him that he needs to take each game one at a time and focus on ending the season well with Stoke City. The coach believes that it is only after this that he will be able to get a sustained run in the national team.

Jack Butland has only been back after a long absence following an injury, and Mark Hughes said that it is too early to be speaking about the national team. He believes that the goalkeeper should be focusing on his performance with the club and then after that considers his place in the England team.

Mark Hughes said that if he performs well with the club, it is natural that he will get a place in the national team and that he should not be worrying for this at this moment. Butland said that the player should focus on improving his performance with the team first and work on his fitness.

Jack Butland has been out for so long, and it is natural that he lacks match fitness. The manager wants him to work hard in training and get some playing time first before considering to be part of the national team. Mark Hughes said that you cannot represent your country if you are not playing well with your club. He said that he is the one to be pleased first before the player ever consider attracting the attention of the England manager.