Were Stoke fans right to blame Mark Cartwright?

It’s hard to say whether it’s right to blame Mark Cartwright’s or not as his role within the club was cover in a cloud of mystery

Liam Lawrence On a recent section on P&G alluded to something that I was of the understanding years ago and have mentioned a few times before, but for those that have missed it here is what I understand.

When Hughes was appointed he knew he had to rebuild his reputation & did not want to rock the boat. Hughes put to the recruitment team the type of player he wanted and Cartwright used his database of knowledge and club scouts to find suitable players to fill the role Hughes wanted. Hughes then picked a player he wanted the most out of the 3 or 4 offered to him.

After gaining his 3rd 9th place finish it all changed as Everton asked Stoke to speak to Hughes about the Everton job, Stoke refused the approach and Hughes wasn’t best pleased. He basically spat his dummy out and wanted to take control of the recruitment as he said he couldn’t achieve any higher than 9th with the current structure. He was given the control and that’s when we went from the likes of Arnautovic, Shaqiri and other players who had points to prove to the likes of Wimmer, (who was Mark Bowen’s scouting by the way)and Imbula a player Hughes wanted due to his performance against us in a friendly.

Even though Hughes got his way with recruitment he was still miffed at the missed chance to manage Everton and basically down tools, very rarely did he take training and if he did was rather stand offish.

What amazes me more is when Rowett was appointed he wanted the same full control over signings that Hughes had when he was sacked. Scholes disagreed with a few of the signings, in particular McClean to the point that Rowett almost left but for John Coates sanctioning the signing.

Jones has the control too even though Mark Cartwright was the bloke who put Nathan Jones’s name into the hat for the managers job due to their friendship back when both played for Brighton.

Cartwright has left has he feels he has not been used for 3 years now and has just basically built up a dossier of player for no reason.

It will be interesting as how transfers are done in the future with Mark Cartwright leaving. Mark’s role has yet to be filled with the incoming Phil Chapple taking over the role left by Kevin Cruickshank rather than Cartwright’s role.

I suppose any appointment or not in the director of football role will depend on who’s managing the side.

Gary Rowett wants midfielder to lead promotion bid

Stoke City are in talks with Joe Allen over a new contract.

Manager Gary Rowett wants Joe Allen to spearhead the club’s promotion charge next season.

Allen has three years left to run on his current deal, but now Stoke City automatically gave a pay-cut following the club’s relegation — this is the reason for fresh talks.

Stoke paid in the region of £13.5million for Joe Allen when he joined from Liverpool in 2016.

Talks are on going at this period but Stoke City are remaining confident keeping Joe Allen to help them to push for automatic promotion.

Matěj Vydra could be on his way Stoke City

Derby County boss Gary Rowett is set to join Stoke City and will be announced at some point today according to Stoke Loud & Proud Sources.

When the news broke about Gary Rowett, Fans of Derby started to question, what players would Gary try to convince to join him at his new club Stoke City?

After long talks with Gary, Stoke City have assured Gary there will be strong backing financially and he will be given plenty of say in the transfer market. According to sources, Gary has already has insight bringing Matěj Vydra along to his new club Stoke City.

The Czech Republic international has scored 22 goals in all competitions this season and Derby are likely to be asking at least £8m for the striker.

Liverpool to bring in second Egyptian star Sobhi

Liverpool are to make a move to sign a second Egyptian this summer for Stoke City’s star Ramadan Sohbi, TEAMtalk has been told.

Mohamed Salah has already struck 36 goals in all competitions for the Reds and TEAMtalk have been told Jurgen Klopp is now keen to bring in a second Egyptian in Sohbi.

Teamtalk sources have said that Salah has given his fellow countryman a glowing recommendation to Klopp and his coaching staff. Having watched the player prior to his move to Stoke, Liverpool scouts are now understood to have watched him in action a number of times in recent months.

Ramadan Sobhi joined Stoke in 2016 for just £5million, they have been informed the Potters would be willing to sell for a fee of around £15million.


Southampton are reportedly plotting a move for Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen

Saints are keen to move in for Wales international Allen when the summer transfer window opens, according to the printed edition of today’s Daily Mirror.

It’s stated that Mark Hughes, who was appointed as Saints boss last week, is ready to reunite with his former player in the summer if Stoke do go down.

However, Mark Hughes has only been given a contract until the end of the season. According to sources Mark and his staff will be offered the position if he keeps Southampton in the Premier League.

The Mirror believe that Allen would be one of his top targets for Southampton ahead of the 2018/19 season.

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