Stoke City manager Paul Lambert has criticised the behaviour of a number of senior players at the club following the Potters’ relegation to the Championship.
A 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace earlier this month saw Stoke confirmed as the first relegated side of the season after ten years in the Premier League – West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City later followed them.
Lambert took over as manager in January following the sacking of Mark Hughes, but only managed to win two of his 15 games in charge, including a final day victory at Swansea.
“Listen, there was things going on that, if I let that away, my standing would drop,” said Lambert (via the Independent).
“Massively unacceptable. My god, I’ve not seen anything like that.”
Lambert didn’t name any players specifically, but his words echo recent comments made by Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam.
He suggested a number of players had been “getting away with murder” all season, which had contributed to the club’s relegation.
Ibrahim Afellay was banished by Lambert in March after a training ground row, while Jese Rodriguez often failed to turn up for training and team meetings.