After Tony Pulis’ contract ended earlier this month and mutual agreement was reached, stating that he was going to leave, Stoke have been looking for a new manager. The Premier League side have officially announced that Mark Hughes will take up the managerial role in place of Tony Pulis, who had served there for 7 years getting the team from Division 1 to the Premier League. Mark Hughes has been given a three-year contract with the Potters only 6 months after being sacked by Queens Park Rangers after a difficult time there. In the 11 months he was at QPR, Hughes managed to lead them to 8 wins out of 34 games and left them in the relegation zone, where they ended up finishing.
Mark Hughes had a wonderful playing career, joining the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea before moved to a career as a manager. His first role as a manager was for his international side, Wales, which was a part time job, soon turning into his full-time occupation. Hughes’ first club managerial position was with Blackburn Rovers in 2004 and he impressively led them to three top 10 finishes in the premier league. In 2008, Hughes left them for Manchester City where he only lasted 18 months and was replaced with Roberto Mancini. Soon after, he rebuilt his reputation with Fulham getting them to 8th in the League before he went to QPR and now Stoke.
The Welshman manager stated, “I have listened to what people have said about my managerial ability and I can assure you I will use that as a motivation,” after it has been said he is not the right man for the job. “I’ve had something like 270 games as a Premier League manager, but people do tend to look at the last year or so. But I don’t regret moving to QPR. A lot of managers have gone in there and found it difficult.”
Many of the Stoke fans have not taken kindly to the news of Mark Hughes being their new manager, with one outraged fan driving a van outside Britannia Stadium that said, “Hughes Out!” before he even started managing the team. Hughes’ idea is to make the team more attacking as last season Stoke only managed to net 34 goals out of 38 games and finished 13th in the Premier League.
Author Daniel Foster.
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