Stoke terminates contract of manager Mark Hughes

Lawrence Kim
January 16, 2018

For Stoke, while the focus is on Premier League safety this will only add more pressure onto Mark Hughes who is becoming increasingly likely to lose his job.

After the defeat, chairman Peter Coates made a decision to act and end Hughes' 199-game, four-and-a-half year spell as Stoke manager.

STOKE City have sacked manager Mark Hughes just hours after the English Premier League side lost to fourth-tier Coventry City in the FA Cup Third Round.

Former Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham says his old club need to find a quick replacement for Mark Hughes.

After the game finished, Hughes insisted that the defeat did not make his position any more precarious, but the Stoke board had other ideas.

Stoke fans continue their protests against Mark Hughes at Coventry.

Leicester and Everton moved on from Craig Shakespeare and Ronald Koeman in October, November brought the end for Slaven Bilic at West Ham and Tony Pulis at West Brom, and Swansea sacked Paul Clement in December before Hughes fell on January 6.

Hughes' 200th game in charge of Stoke proved to be his last after Jack Grimmer's second half strike gave Coventry the biggest upset of the third round so far.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "We've got a hard game, a typical cup tie, lower league, a team that's on a decent run of form coming up against a Premier League side that's not in the best form they would like, so I suppose everybody will be gearing up for a potential upset".

Charlie Adam had cancelled out Jordan Willis's opener but League Two outfit Coventry outfought and outfoxed the Premier League strugglers.

Stoke, who have played in the top flight for almost a decade since 2008, are now 18th in the Premier League table, with 20 points from their 22 fixtures so far.

"The fact we've gone out, even if it's a little bit raw at the moment, might help us", Hughes said.

Mourinho and Man United got exactly what they wanted- a chance to catch some rays, and increase natural intake of Vitamin D.

Their next league match is against Manchester United at home a week on Monday.

Slaven Bilic forged a fine reputation in his first season with West Ham, guiding them to seventh place, before an eleventh place finish last term.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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