I thought my chance was gone, says Stoke City manager Paul Lambert

I thought my chance was gone, says Stoke City manager Paul Lambert

"I'm sure the atmosphere will be different to what it has been of late on Saturday", Lambert added.

The Scot was brought in after the Potters failed to land any of their top three targets to replace Mark Hughes.

"I've been to this club many a time and it's a fantastic place".

"Whether I was 15th choice or 50th doesn't matter to me", Lambert said.

Derby County's Gary Rowett, Espanyol's Quique Sanchez Flores - who managed Watford in 2015-16 - and Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill were all considered targets but the former signed a new contract last week and the other two ruled themselves out of contention.

The former Norwich, Aston Villa and Wolves manager was in the stands as his new side lost 3-0 to Manchester United on Monday night and he now wants a response from both the players and fans as they try to find a way out of trouble.

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Hughes had famously asked "who else is going to do it?" when interviewers questioned him about his job before he was sacked after five years at the club in central England.

"I'm 100% sure that we have enough to stay up". If they can get the togetherness and the spirit here then that will take us a long way, along with the support the club generates.

Lambert's first fixture is at home to Huddersfield Town, who sit four points above Stoke in the table.

During his playing days, Lambert teamed with Scotland legend Jim Leighton at worldwide level and highly-rated Swedish stopper Magnus Hedman at Celtic, and managed Premier League great Shay Given at Aston Villa. I don't think it's just the defence, I think it's collective.

"This is not new to me".

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