Stoke to take their time in deciding Paul Lambert’s fate as manager

Stoke City have no plans to make a quick decision on the future of manager Paul Lambert, Sky Sports News understands.

The club must begin planning for next season in the Championship after relegation from the Premier League after a six-year stay and Lambert, who wants to stay and oversee the rebuilding process, has held meetings with Stoke’s players as a final get-together to review the season.

He has also given them personal fitness plans to work on over the summer.

It is thought Lambert is still uncertain whether he will be in the role for the start of next season, and he has been given no guarantees from his bosses.

Stoke’s owners, John and Peter Coates, announced last week that they planned a “major overhaul” at the club, and in their statement to fans there was no mention of Lambert, which led some to doubt whether he has a future in the Potteries.

It’s understood that the Stoke hierarchy will conduct a full review of the club’s structure, and the coaching and recruitment staff, before deciding whether Lambert should stay on.