Stoke City have had on paper a concerning start to their Championship campaign, with two defeats in their opening two matches – and against teams in QPR and Charlton that are likely to be in the bottom half.
The results mean Nathan Jones’ record as manager is three wins in 23 games in all competitions – although it should be recognized that 11 of those matches resulted in draws with a group of players that are not his own.
Given the amount of money that Stoke have spent over the last 15 months, it is understandable that some fans feel they should be getting better results – and yes, the manager comes under scrutiny for that for that.
However, we see reason to think results will improve. Here’s why.