Stoke have announced the appointment of Steven Schumacher as their new manager.
The promising 39-year-old departs Plymouth, who he guided to the League One title last term after taking over as boss in 2021.
He replaces Alex Neil at the bet365 Stadium, with the Potters 19th in the Championship and just three points clear of the relegation places.
He will be joined in the Midlands by assistant head coach Mark Hughes, first team coach Peter Cavanagh and goalkeeper coach Darren Behcet.
Schumacher said: “I was attracted to this club by its history and everything it represents and once John (Coates) and Ricky (Martin) shared their vision with me, I knew it was an opportunity I wanted to take.
“The infrastructure, the stadium and the facilities are top-class, and so is the support of the fans.
“The values that resonate with me for a Stoke City team are bravery and hard work, coupled with a desire to play attacking football and be a team our supporters can connect with.
“We have the players to do that and, if we can get back to a point where the bet365 Stadium is thought of as a tough venue to visit, we can really get it rocking again.”
Having won the League One Manager of the Year award in 2022-23, Schumacher has been drawing the attention of Championship clubs and will look to transform Stoke’s fortunes in the New Year.
Last term, Plymouth managed to win 31 of 46 league games, finish on 101 points and score 86 goals.
Chairman John Coates added: “We are delighted to welcome Steven, who we firmly believe to be one of the most exciting young coaches in the country, to Stoke City.
“Steven will quickly realise that he is joining a great club, with a loyal and passionate fanbase, and one with all the potential to fulfil his ambitions in the game.
“He can rely on the absolute support of us all and we wish him all the very best in the role.”
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