Advertisement

'Stoke have got to change everything in the backroom' - Angela Smith

Expert view banner.
Expert view banner.
Jonathan Walters and John Coates.
Jonathan Walters and John Coates.

Speaking to Rob Adcock on the Stoke City: 8 Games To Go Podcast, BBC Radio Stoke summariser Angela Smith has addressed the club's current problems off the field.

She believes chairman John Coates will have to make more significant changes over the summer, both with regards to signing new players and the people who are recruiting them:

"The recruitment has been a mess, the appointments of certain staff have been a mess and Stoke have got to change everything in the backroom in terms of getting the right people to advise the owners.

"We've got good owners, but they've been misguided in who they've appointed to run the club for them and maybe John would be better advised to recruit for a person who can help recruit the players. I reckon we've got to bring in 11 new players to even have a chance if we survive this season to not be in the same boat next season.

"Everybody's fed up, but the club have it in their own hands to change. You look at Ipswich. Ipswich have made monumental strides. Got promoted and are carrying on and that's what Stoke have to learn from situations like that. They've made mistakes, now learn from them and be more positive."

You can listen to the full episode here.