London: Stoke City announced on Friday that manager Paul Lambert had left his position at the relegated Premier League club by mutual consent.
"The club would like to thank Paul for his work over the past four months and wish him well for the future," said a statement on Stoke's website.
"While 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."
Lambert replaced the sacked Mark Hughes but was unable to turn around the fortunes of the club, who finished second-from-bottom of the Premier League.
"Paul would like to thank the board, players and staff for the opportunity and their support," the statement added. "He would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support. While 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."
Updated Date: May 18, 2018 20:55:41 IST