Gary Rowett has stated that his former club, Stoke City, have surprised him with where they are in the Championship table after eight games of the new campaign.
The Potters have been in truly dreadful form at the start of this season, and have failed to win any of their matches.
Nathan Jones is under pressure, and they have a massive game against an in-form Nottingham Forest side on Friday night.
Rowett has expressed his feeling of surprise to see Stoke in that position but has insisted that it might be a long road back for the Potters.
Speaking to the Mirror, Rowett said: “I’m surprised they are where they are, I thought Nathan would go in there and build but I appreciate it’s difficult.
“The Championship is such a difficult league but unless you’re playing as a team then there are so many other clubs who can come and beat you.
“It’s such a good club, good owners, it’s such a strong fanbase and they are passionate, they have had frustrations in the past three years but I think it might be a long road back.
“You only have to look at recent seasons. Which clubs have come straight back up? Newcastle ? Look at other clubs like Huddersfield and how they’ve struggled.”
It’s interesting to hear Rowett comment on the ongoings at Stoke, obviously having managed them before Jones.
They have a strong fanbase and they demand the best from their side, and at the moment it really isn’t going their way. They’re going to struggle this season if they keep up the form that they’ve been showing, but it’s a big game on Friday night for the manager.
A loss could be disastrous, and would mean that the Potters wouldn’t have won in nine games of the Championship season.