Stoke City announced that they’d completed their first signing of the January transfer window this afternoon – only for the news on Twitter to be torn to shreds on their own account.
The club are without a manager at the moment, following the departure of Mark Hughes last week, after a run of just five wins in the Premier League this season.
The Potters are currently languishing in the Premier League’s relegation zone and have been linked with Martin O’Neill and Gary Rowett, so when they teased a big announcement on their Twitter account at 3.30pm, everybody assumed we were about to find out the new gaffer’s identity.
However, it turned out the news was the capture of Austrian international defender Moritz Bauer from Russian side Rubin Kazan – and to say supporters weren’t happy was a massive understatement:
Okay, this could be a decent signing. But why are you putting tease tweets like thi when we're 18th and manager-less in the second week of January?? Talk about out of touch with fan feelings…
— Jamie (@JChatfield94) January 9, 2018
Well that was worth the wait. pic.twitter.com/88ZoUBXgFF
— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) January 9, 2018
— sam (@ffsswzd) January 9, 2018
— Olly (@OLPMYT) January 9, 2018
In bigger news I’ve decided on steak pie and veg for tea with gravy obviously
— Steve Heath-Smith (@watto_6) January 9, 2018
— ?Mark (@TonyMxrtialFC) January 9, 2018
Signing players when we haven't got a manager? Turning into a laughing stock
— JC (@jc_stoke) January 9, 2018
Never thought I would defend Hughes but questions how much control over signings the manager has doesn’t it?
— Ben Malkin (@stokeymad) January 9, 2018
He’ll be good in the Championship
— Alex Smith?? (@alexccfc99) January 9, 2018
You’ve rustled your own fans
— Will Merrick (@BcfcWill) January 9, 2018
— Dean Russell (@DeanRusseII) January 9, 2018
— David Dwek (@davidwek7) January 9, 2018
Well done to the club’s media team. Nicely played.
Who do you think should be the new manager of Stoke?