New Stoke boss Paul Lambert admits he is looking forward to being back in the dugout against Huddersfield on Saturday.
The Scot spent time out of the game after leaving Wolves last summer but returned on Monday, being appointed as Mark Hughes’ replacement in the Potteries.
Lambert was in the stands for Monday’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester United and has already set about trying to add to his squad, with the potential signing of Augsburg defender Kostas Stafylidis.
The left-back could be available to face the Terriers and the boss admits he is excited about the game.
Despite winning the Champions League as a player while at Borussia Dortmund, as well as representing Scotland at the World Cup, it appears the anxiety and anticipation remain for the 48-year-old.
Stoke currently sit 18th in the Premier League table and with them 2.50 to go down, Lambert has his work cut out to inspire a squad lacking in confidence.
A victory on Saturday will certainly help and the Potters are 2.05 to claim the points, with a draw 3.40 and Huddersfield the 3.80 to triumph.
Neither side are in particularly good form and it is likely to be a war of attrition in Staffordshire.
Lambert though is raring to go and says he is relishing the prospect of being back in the thick of the action.
“I will have nerves as normal on Saturday but as soon as the whistle blows they will disappear,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it because I know it will be a great atmosphere.”