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Stoke hire club icon as new manager

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Championship strugglers Stoke announced club icon Rory Delap as their new manager on a two-year contract on Monday.

Stoke City have officially appointed Rory Delap as the club's new manager, reports Mundial. He replaces Michael O'Neill, whose stint with the Potters ended after twenty months.

Rory John Delap started his playing career at Carlisle United and impressed enough to earn a move to Premiership side Derby County in 1998. In 2001, Delap joined Southampton for a club record of £4 million. After spending five years on the south coast, he moved to Sunderland. Following a brief spell on Wearside, Delap was loaned to Stoke City in October 2006. In just his second match for Stoke, against his parent club Sunderland, Delap suffered a broken leg. Despite this, Delap signed a permanent contract for Stoke in January 2007. He went on to become a vital member of the squad and his long throw-ins helped Stoke gain promotion to the Premier League and consolidate in the league. After spending six seasons at Stoke, Delap had short spells with Barnsley and Burton Albion before retiring in December 2013.

A midfielder by trade, he was renowned for his long throw-in ability. Between the touchlines, he was famed for his fitness and work rate, which gave him a valuable role in breaking up opposition play. Delap was a talented javelin thrower in his youth, and was touted to represent Ireland in the Olympics after his throw-ins shot to prominence following Stoke's promotion to the Premier League.

After finishing his playing career, Delap returned to his former club Derby County where he began his coaching career. After coaching the club's under-18 team, he replaced Darren Wassall as the under-21 head coach in February 2016, winning the U21 Premier League 1 Division 2 title in his first season in charge.

Despite the lack of first-team coaching experience, Stoke clearly believes he is the right man for the job.

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Rory Delap said: “I’m excited to be making my first move into management with a club with such huge tradition and history. 

“I have spent considerable time discussing the role and the club’s objectives with the Chairman John Coates and the board. We want to improve on the club’s recent finishes in the Championship, while at the same time bringing through some of the academy graduates we have at the club. This is my first job as a first-team manager but I’ve been working towards this for a long time. I’ve worked closely with some of the best coaches in the game and I’m confident in my own abilities and those of the team around me. 

“I know it won’t be easy – managing a football team never is – but I’m here to work hard. I’m really looking forward to getting started and to the challenge ahead."

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..but can he do it on a cold rainy night in Stoke?

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16 hours ago, Brooklyn Jensen said:

Surely the long throws will be back at Stoke? Will be following this, what are your targets in the 1st season?

The aim is to take Stoke as far as possible. Hopefully we can reach the very top before FM23!

14 hours ago, karanhsingh said:

Definitely here for the long throws!

Rory's reply on long throws before he went into management! It will be dependent on the personnel he can put together ;)

When you move into management, will throw-ins be a valuable piece of your attacking weaponry?

RD: I think it's an important part of the game. On average, you get between 20-25 throw-ins a game. I'm not going to be out there for hours teaching them how to throw it long, but you've got to give them a bit of information and work through routines of how to retain possession.

If somebody's got a long throw-in, it would be daft not to utilize that if you've got strength and height in your team, but I'm not going to base my managerial career on trying to find someone who can throw a ball.

11 hours ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

I think there is a tactic that replicates Stoke's style under Tony Pulis and also a throw in routine that is very similar to how Delap did it.

I had great fun playing with that tactic on a Burnley save I had on FM2019.

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Cheers mate! Unfortunately, it will be quite challenging to go full Tony Pulis as the board expects us to play possession and attacking football. I'm pretty sure Rory's Stoke will play on the ground more! :D

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7 hours ago, DavidBeckham said:

The aim is to take Stoke as far as possible. Hopefully we can reach the very top before FM23!

Rory's reply on long throws before he went into management! It will be dependent on the personnel he can put together ;)

When you move into management, will throw-ins be a valuable piece of your attacking weaponry?

RD: I think it's an important part of the game. On average, you get between 20-25 throw-ins a game. I'm not going to be out there for hours teaching them how to throw it long, but you've got to give them a bit of information and work through routines of how to retain possession.

If somebody's got a long throw-in, it would be daft not to utilize that if you've got strength and height in your team, but I'm not going to base my managerial career on trying to find someone who can throw a ball.

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Cheers mate! Unfortunately, it will be quite challenging to go full Tony Pulis as the board expects us to play possession and attacking football. I'm pretty sure Rory's Stoke will play on the ground more! :D

assuming it’s a new board since Tony left!

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21 hours ago, SixPointer said:

assuming it’s a new board since Tony left!

Peter Coates was Stoke's Chairperson when Tony was in charge! His son, John Coates, has since taken over the reins and it seems like the father and son have very different visions on how football should be played :D 

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Peter is still a director though! 

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Start of a new Era

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Stoke City Football Club is an English professional football club based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Founded as Stoke Ramblers in 1863, it changed its name to Stoke Football Club in 1878 and then to Stoke City in 1925 after Stoke-on-Trent was granted city status. It was one of the twelve founding members of the Football League in 1888.

They won their first and only major trophy to date, the League Cup, in 1972, when they beat Chelsea 2–1. Their highest league finish in the top division is fourth, in the 1935–36 and 1946–47 seasons. They played in the FA Cup Final in 2011, finishing runners-up to Manchester City; and reached FA Cup semi-finals in 1899, 1971 and 1972. They competed in European football in 1972–73, 1974–75 and 2011–12. They won the Football League Trophy in 1992 and in 2000.

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Stoke's home ground is the 30,089 all-seater, bet365 Stadium. Before it was opened in 1997, the club was based at the Victoria Ground, which was their home ground since 1878. The club's nickname is The Potters, after the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent, and their traditional home kit is a red-and-white vertically striped shirt, white shorts and stockings. Their traditional rivals are Midlands clubs West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers, whilst their local rivals are Port Vale with whom they contest the Potteries derby.

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Following their relegation to the Championship in 2018, Lambert was replaced with former Derby County boss Gary Rowett. Despite spending nearly £50 million on players in the summer transfer window, results and performances were poor and Rowett was subsequently sacked on 8 January 2019 with the team 14th in the table. He was replaced with Luton Town boss Nathan Jones. Stoke went on to end an uneventful 2018–19 season in 16th place with a record number of draws (22). After achieving just 2 wins in the opening 14 games of the following season, Jones was sacked on 1 November 2019 with the team in the relegation zone. Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill was confirmed as his replacement a week later. Results improved under O'Neill and the team managed to avoid relegation, finishing in 15th. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the entire 2020–21 campaign was played without supporters present as Stoke again finished in mid-table.

Transfers Out

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With negligible transfer funds provided by the board, Rory initiated a major clear-out and let 17 players whom he didn't plan to utilise in the upcoming campaign go in a very busy summer.

Transfers In

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As for transfers in, nothing much could be done as the squad already had 6 players on loan and the limit for match day squads is 5. Rory is also relatively confident that most of the current players can compete at this level.

Hal Robson-Kanu

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Henri Saivet

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Two experienced campaigners were brought in on frees to strengthen the wide areas.

Harry Toffolo

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We also needed cover at left-back and Harry was Rory's choice in the only deal which involved a transfer fee.

Rwan

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Fabrice Muamba also recommended one relatively unknown striker from Brazil and he was brought in on a cheap loan deal ;)

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Perhaps disappointing a couple, Rory will be playing his football on the ground in a 4-3-3 Vertical Tiki-Taka formation. Let's hope he doesn't have to turn to long throws to grind out results in the upcoming season! And with that, the new era begins..

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Good luck! Enjoyed your previous threads over the years. I’m sure it won’t be long until Stoke are in the Champions League!

What tactics are you using for slots 2 and 3? Variations of your base tactic?

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12 hours ago, TheGoodRebel said:

Good luck! Enjoyed your previous threads over the years. I’m sure it won’t be long until Stoke are in the Champions League!

What tactics are you using for slots 2 and 3? Variations of your base tactic?

Great to have you here mate! I'm not too sure about that though as I'm sure the journey to the Champions League will take a few years! :brock:

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I use the 4-3-3 for the majority of our games but there are times when we may switch to this against 5-at-the-back formations.

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I also use this to close out away/neutral ground games if we are a goal up with ten minutes to go!

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How's the back 3 one working for you? 

How does underlap work with these formations? I didn't quite understand the theory of that and i recently saw it on bust the net as well. 

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3 hours ago, karanhsingh said:

How's the back 3 one working for you? 

How does underlap work with these formations? I didn't quite understand the theory of that and i recently saw it on bust the net as well. 

To be honest, I haven't had the chance to use it much but based on past experience, it works well against formations with 3 at the back and 2 up top! The instructions are the default ones of the vertical tiki-taka style and I believe the underlap instructions force the players to work the channels. I also realised it is important to have left-footed strikers in the STCL spot and vice-versa as they are vital in providing additional width. 

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18 minutes ago, nsd said:

As a Stoke fan, it's always interesting to see what other people make of us on FM. I can't help but feel a little something at you letting Souttar go for £650k :lol:

Sorry mate! I'm sure he's much better in real life but his acceleration of 7 and the decision to play with a high line meant we had to off-load him :( We needed money to strengthen the squad as well! 

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Solid Start

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Rory has had a solid start to his tenure at the bet365 Stadium. After ten games, the Potters sits second on 21 points, two points behind leaders Fulham and we are just ahead of Bristol City and Nottingham Forest on goal difference. Things have been really tight at the top of the league and I can't help but think that this will continue throughout the campaign.

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We began with a bang against Reading but things got rough as we suffered a three-game winless run. Rory wasn't too worried though, as the level of performances were encouraging. As the boys began to gel, results improved and we are now unbeaten in six in the league. 

Carabao Cup

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We managed to progress past three opponents in the Carabao Cup playing our second string and a tough Nottingham Forest outfit awaits us in the fourth round.

Deadline Day

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With no money left in the bank, we somehow managed to bring in three players on loan for absolutely no money on deadline day. Anthony Elanga is the best of the lot and his incredible speed and flair meant he will go straight into our starting 11 in the left wing spot. What a steal this is!

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Harvey White came in to further strengthen our central midfield, and it is a position where we suffered a couple of injuries early on. He will get most of his game time in the cup games.

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The last deadline day signing is another very exciting one, and we were all surprised that Brighton allowed a player of Moises Caicedo's quality to come in on loan for no money. Our midfield has enough quality but lacks mobility, and Moises is the perfect addition to complete our transfer businesses!

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It was good to hear some nice words from a certain legend at the club..

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..but our football is very different from how he played his ;)

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18 hours ago, Brooklyn Jensen said:

Elanga! What a steal for free and he could fire you to the Prem. Congrats on the good start! 

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He has been solid with 2 assists and 2 goals in 6 starts! However, he tends to get anxious or apprehensive during games and I believe it is due to his low determination. Can't complain much though as we are not paying anything for him! ;)

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On 28/06/2022 at 20:11, karanhsingh said:

Are United a parent club?

Unfortunately no! I've been pestering the board for the senior affiliate but they have rejected me on every occasion! Thankfully, Elanga, White and Caicedo were all available on free loans and we snapped them up without any hesitation!

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Midway Point

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The fans are very happy with the first half of our campaign \o/

Sky Bet Championship

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Things are really tight between ourselves and Fulham, but Rory is just happy that there is some breathing space from 3rd-placed Bournemouth in a very frantic season so far. The top two sides are only separated by goals conceded and we face a very tall task trying to finish ahead of the Cottagers as they have a better squad than ours.

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The boys were so consistent in our 8-eight winning run before a slight blip towards the end of November. Hopefully, the two wins in mid-December will kickstart another good run of results in a very busy period.

Carabao Cup

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The second stringers continued to perform admirably in the Carabao Cup but an excellent Liverpool outfit was far too strong for us as we were beaten 3-5 in a goal-filled quarter final!

Player of the Half-Season

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The biggest surprise of the season so far had to be the level of performances from Hal Robson-Kanu. Rory deployed HRK in the inside forward role down our right wing and he has been cutting in and smashing balls into the goal like peak-Arjen Robben. He also has terrific timing arriving in the box to nod crosses in from our left-sided players. We are all hoping that he can keep up his goal-scoring ratio as we need all the help we can get to keep up with a very strong Fulham side.

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Impressive start, nice gap opened up between 2nd and 3rd already but keeping up with Fulham in the second half of the season is going to be quite difficult, once injuries/fatigue/general Stoke-ness sets in.

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