Stoke City have confirmed that Paul Lambert has left the club following their relegation.
Lambert officially took charge at the Bet365 Stadium on January 16th, but failed to guide the Potters away from danger, with a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace on the penultimate weekend of the season confirming their drop into the Championship.
“Stoke City can confirm that Paul Lambert has today left his position as manager by mutual consent,” a statement read on the club’s official website.
“The Club would like to thank Paul for his work over the past four months and wish him well for the future. Whilst he was unable to guide us to Premier League safety after being appointed in January, it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of effort, professionalism and dedication on his part.
“Paul would like to thank the Board, players and staff for the opportunity and their support. He would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support. Whilst looking forward to his next challenge, he would like to wish the Club every success next season.
“The Club will appoint a replacement as soon as possible in order to give the new manager time to prepare for the challenge of the 2018/19 season in the Championship.
“The Club will be making no further comment at this stage.”
During his time as Stoke boss, only West Brom (12) earned fewer points than the Potters (13).