Hughes sacked as manager of Stoke City
Mark Hughes has been sacked by Stoke City. The club released news of this on their website with the statement saying “CLUB STATEMENT: Stoke City can confirm that the contract of manager Mark Hughes has been terminated with immediate effect.”
They tweeted two minutes later to say
“We would like to thank Mark for all he has achieved for the Club over the last four and a half years, notably in guiding us to three successive ninth places finishes in the Premier League, and we wish him every success for the future.
The Club will look to appoint a new manager as soon as possible and will be making no further comment at this time.”
Hughes has been in charge for nearly five years but has been the subject of unrest from the fans following Stokes poor 2017-18 season where they are currently in the relegation zone of the Premier League. They have also suffered early exits from the FA Cup against League Two team Coventry City and League Cup against Championship team Bristol City.
The Welshman guided took over the reigns of the Potters from Tony Pulis and looked to have changed their playing style to an attractive passing game, even getting tagged “Stokealona” following the change, Hughes guided the team to three seasons of ninth place in the Premier League, raising expectations amongst supporters that they could go on to qualify for a Europa League place. However the team’s form and confidence seemed to dip following a League Cup Semi Final defeat against Liverpool in 2016.
Hughes guided the team to finish 13th. in the Premier League in 2016-17
The 54-year-old took charge of 200 games for the club in 2006, and he leaves with a record of 71 wins, 48 draws and 81 defeats.