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Owner of EFL club has his say on Gary Rowett’s move to Stoke City

By original author The Derby County manager’s job is “one of the best available in the Championship now”, according to the owner of a fellow EFL club. Gary Rowett left his post at Derby on Tuesday, joining Stoke City after 14 months at Pride Park Stadium. His move to head to the recently-relegated Potters created a stir among supporters, after he had penned an improved contract with the Rams in January – to fend off interest from Stoke. Peterborough United owner and chairman Darragh MacAnthony was asked by a fan on Twitter for his take on the situation. “That’s football, Craig,” he tweeted. “Money/budgets usually do the talking, as do release clauses. “No doubt there will be a long list of candidates for one of the best jobs available in Championship now.” The favourite of those candidates is ex-Chelsea star Frank Lampard. Lampard is as short as 1/7 with some bookmakers to make his first step into management with Derby. Read More Reports claim that Lampard has ‘held talks’ with Derby over the position. The Derby Telegraph understands more than 20 applications for the job have been received, and the club are not expecting to make an appointment this week. View the original post here… The …read more

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Three key areas for Gary Rowett to address at Stoke City over the summer

By Martyn Cooke As reported by tbrfootball.com, On Tuesday evening Stoke City announced that Gary Rowett had been appointed as their new manager. The 44-year-old replaces Paul Lambert, who departed the club following relegation from the Premier League, and now faces the task of building a team capable of making an immediate return to the top-flight. Rowett led Derby County to the […] The post Three key areas for Gary Rowett to address at Stoke City over the summer appeared first on The Boot Room. View the original post here… The post Three key areas for Gary Rowett to address at Stoke City over the summer appeared first on sportsdroid. …read more

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Arsenal and West Ham target Stoke star

By Elliott Cuff First published by readfootball.co Arsenal are reportedly interested in Stoke City midfielder Badou Ndiaye. The Potters signed the 27-year old Senegal international from Galatasaray last January for around £14million, although his signing was not enough to prevent the club from succumbing to relegation. Now Galsen Foot claim the Gunners are interested in his services, along with West Ham who have reportedly made the first move. Ndiaye, who is currently preparing for the World Cup in Russia next month, claims he “feels good” with Stoke, but it is believed he will try to remain in the Premier League if he can. While West Ham seem to be the more logical move, Arsenal have long wanted a defensive midfielder and could look to Ndiaye as the man to fill that position. Unai Emery has been appointed as the Arsenal boss and plans are evidently well underway as he aims to strengthen the side ahead of an important Premier League season. Yes Vote No Vote View the original post here… The post Arsenal and West Ham target Stoke star appeared first on sportsdroid. …read more

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27-year-old’s move to Stoke looks inevitable after Gary Rowett arrival

By Josh Kerr As reported by tbrfootball.com, Newcastle United ensuring another season of Premier League football represents one of Rafael Benitez’ most impressive achievements in football to date. The job done by the Spaniard is all the more admirable considering the Magpies striker options have been thin for large periods of the season, and the arrival of a goal-scorer is surely imminent for the Tyneside club. According to The Telegraph, Derby County are likely to list their top-scorer Matej Vydra for sale after their failure to earn promotion to the Premier League. This comes as massive news to a number of clubs in England’s top-flight, and Newcastle should be one of the front-runners queuing for the 26-year-old’s prolific services. The Czech Republic international has been excellent this season firing 20 goals in 35 appearances for the Rams. Reports suggest the club may be forced to sell their star striker in order to reduce the club’s £35 million wage bill ahead of next season. The 26-year-old’s sale this summer will be Derby’s attempts to slash their budgets and form a strategy that is going to enable the club to push for promotion once again next season. A fee of around £8 million could prove a …read more

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Kevin Wimmer arrives in Hannover to complete switch from Stoke City

By original author Stoke City’s marquee signing from last summer will be their first sale this time. The bizarre episode of Kevin Wimmer, brought in as Stoke’s second-most expensive ever player to be fifth-choice centre-half rather than pursuing players for positions needed, is expected to take a new twist over the next few hours. The former Tottenham defender is in Hannover for a medical ahead of what reports in Germany suggest will be a loan move with a purchase option. Kevin Wimmer was brought to Stoke City by Mark Hughes from Spurs reserves for £18m. (Image: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) Wimmer, aged 25, made 17 league appearances in his first and what might prove only season at Stoke and hardly got near the squad, let alone on the pitch, after Paul Lambert replaced Mark Hughes in January tasked with plugging the then-leakiest defence in Europe. Read More Lambert put the Austria international on a special training regime but Wimmer made clear that he was ready to move on – either in England or Germany. “For me personally, Stoke will not be any easier next year if things do not change in terms of training, so I’m sure I’ll see what options …read more

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Why Gary Rowett needs to turn to familiar face to solve major Stoke problem

By thedroid Gary Rowett has taken over from Paul Lambert at Stoke City and his objective will be clear – to take the side back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. However, he will have to oversee major changes at the Potters this summer, with several big-name players sure to depart the bet365 stadium in the coming months. The likes of Jack Butland, Joe Allen and Xherdan Shaqiri are three of the main players that seem certain to leave and others will follow. Whilst that will present Rowett with a challenge as they will have to be suitably replaced, their sales should generate a lot of money which will give the former Derby boss a big budget by Championship standards. And, he should go back to his former club for Matej Vydra to boost the Potters options in the final third. A lack of goals is the main reason Stoke went down, with the side seriously lacking a natural goalscorer. The Czech international has proven himself to be very capable in the second tier and was the top scorer in the Championship for the Rams this season under Rowett. Therefore, he clearly knows how to get the best out of him and Vydra could …read more

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Player spotted in city, claim he’s about to have a medical and leave Stoke City

By Sport Witness Team First published by sportwitness.co.uk On Thursday morning we covered claims from Bild that Denise Coates had blocked Kevin Wimmer’s loan exit from Stoke City to Hannover 96. As we explained at the time, it seemed like the German newspaper had found out a female is in charge of Stoke and that she’s a billionaire who built a gambling business, and just felt compelled to write a story linking it all up. Bild ended the article with: ‘Mrs. Coates is apparently ready to reconsider her rent-a-veto.’ That showed what a waste of time the whole thing had been. Stoke were blocking a loan at the start of the article and by the end of it they were reconsidering. On Thursday afternoon the same German newspaper claims Wimmer has been spotted in Hannover and, according to their information, he’s about to have a medical and will complete a move to the Bundesliga club. The initial deal will be a one year loan and Hannover will have a purchase option at the end of that period. It’s claimed he could even sign the paperwork today, or at the latest on Friday. It’s a good job Bild got …read more

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Jack Butland given a picture perfect World Cup send-off by Stoke City and England legend

By original author Jack Butland is “banking” on inspiration from a Stoke City legend as he bids to be England’s number one at next month’s World Cup finals. The Potters’ star heads for Russia in a three-way fight for the Three Lions jersey with Everton keeper Jordan Pickford and Burnley stopper Nick Pope, but the 25-year-old has someone special in his corner… Wembley ‘66 hero Gordon Banks. “Banks of England” is still regarded by many as the finest goalkeeper to have graced the national team… plus Stoke’s too after helping them win the League Cup in 1972. And Butland revealed that the 80-year-old hero of England’s Wembley victory over West Germany nearly 52 years ago has been taking a direct interest in his own World Cup dream. Read More He explained: “Gordon came to the (Stoke) training ground, and he brought along his World Cup medal. Actually, it was a lot smaller than I thought it would be. “He also brought along a signed photo of him and Pele – you know, that save from the 1970 finals – and gave that to me. “I’ve got a lot of connections with Gordon, and although what he achieved was a long time ago, it’s one …read more

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Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland: England players determined to shake World Cup

By admin Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland insists England are going to the World Cup to win it. Butland, vying for the No.1 spot with Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope, says Gareth Southgate’s young squad will not be burdened by the failures in past major tournaments. on Tribal Football The post Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland: England players determined to shake World Cup appeared first on sportsdroid. …read more

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