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Stoke City’s Kurt Zouma looking dejected after Palace’s second goal/Reuters

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert has left the club by mutual consent after he failed to keep the club in the English Premier League.

Stoke said in an official statement said: “The club would like to thank Paul for his work over the past four months and wish him well for the future.

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“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.”