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Exclusive: Ian Holloway issues his verdict on Stoke City to FLW ahead of the big kick-off

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Quest TV pundit Ian Holloway believes that managing Stoke City is a great opportunity for Gary Rowett, but he needs to reverse their losing mentality in order to succeed.

Holloway has just been unveiled as a pundit on Quest TV’s new EFL highlights show, which will be aired at 9pm on Saturdays to show all of the Football League action.

At the launch of the new highlights show, FLW writer Jay Williams exclusively caught up with the former Queens Park Rangers manager to discuss the recently relegated clubs, and their chances of winning instant promotion back to the top flight.

Stoke have had a major summer of change, appointing Rowett – who chose to leave Derby County to take the job – as Paul Lambert’s replacement.

Holloway believes that moving to Stoke was a good career move for the former Burton Albion and Birmingham City manager, who led Derby to the play-off semi-finals last season.

Holloway told us: “It’s a great chance for their manager. He went to Derby, got them in the play-offs, gets a move to Stoke and he should have the parachute payments coming down.

“It depends on how he feels their squad is. Does he need to demolish much of it to rebuild it?”

Stoke have signed a handful of players this summer and recently unveiled Tom Ince as Potter.

The former Derby winger joins from Huddersfield Town and is seen as quite an impressive signing – something that Holloway agrees with, having worked with Ince firsthand while at Blackpool.

Holloway said: “I’ve had the kid myself, I think he’s fantastic. The world’s the limit for him, he can be anything he wanted. I think it’ll be a good fit.”

But Holloway did fire a warning to Stoke ahead of the new campaign.

He believes that the Potters need to have a shift in mentality after losing so many games last year.

Holloway added: “West Brom, Stoke and Swansea have got to turn around the mentality of losing and that isn’t easy. For Wigan, Blackburn and Rotherham, it’ll be an easier start for them because they’ve probably got some confidence.”

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