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Jack Butland slams "farcical" Stoke City signings

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Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland slams his side's "farcical" recruitment process for bringing in "players you cannot rely on" following their relegation.

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has told the club that they must sort out their "farcical" recruitment process if they are to recover from their relegation to the Championship.

A 2-1 loss at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday saw Stoke's 10-year stay in the Premier League come to an end, with the Potters now sitting bottom of the table with just one match remaining.

Paul Lambert has struggled with disciplinary problems since taking over at the bet365 Stadium, with Jese Rodriguez going AWOL and never returning to the club last month while both Saido Berahino and Ibrahim Afellay have been banished from the first-team squad.

"I think the whole recruitment process needs looking at. There have been transfers that aren't even part of the squad for all kinds of reasons, whether it be discipline, whether it be lack of performance. You've got to look at that - what decisions are being made and the type of characters," Butland told reporters.

"Look at [January arrivals] Badou [Ndiaye] and Moritz Bauer - two positive signings. But you look at others and they're not even here to have an input. It's not because they were playing at the top of their game, because if they were they'd be here. Too many of the recent investments over the years are completely unused and that's unacceptable. So before anyone is signed and any changes happen, that's got to be looked at because it's been farcical really.

"I believe Paul's had an extremely difficult job. He inherited a squad where, unfortunately, there was ill-discipline and players you cannot rely on. Despite those scenarios, he's put together a really competitive side that's willing to work for him. I believe the manager is the right man for the job."

Stoke's final game of their decade-long stay in the Premier League will come away to Swansea City on Sunday.


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