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Stoke won't rush to replace sacked Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes was sacked as manager of Stoke City, just hours after the club's FA Cup third-round exit at the hands of League Two Coventry City.

A run of five defeats in seven Premier League games also contributed to Hughes' departure and he leaves with the club in the relegation zone.

Owners, the Coates family, who own Bet365 are unlikely to rush into a decision to replace Hughes. The Potters face Manchester United in their next game. They have only had three managers in 15 years and are seen as one of the most stable clubs in the top flight

Hughes, himself, had been in charge of the Potters for four and a half years.

Stoke, say they will "look to appoint a new manager as soon as possible".

A section of Stoke fans called for him to leave and held up banners throughout the 2-1 defeat at the Ricoh Arena.

After the game - his 200th in all competitions as Stoke manager - Hughes said he did not think the defeat changed the situation regarding his future and said it "might be a blessing" for the rest of the season.

Hughes, a former Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers, Fulham and QPR boss, succeeded Tony Pulis at Stoke in May 2013 and was the fourth longest-serving manager at a Premier League club.

The Welshman guided Stoke to three straight ninth-placed finishes, dropping to 13th last season.

Hughes rested players as Stoke lost 5-0 at Chelsea on 30 December, saying they were focusing on the Newcastle game on New Year's Day.

But a 1-0 defeat by the Magpies, who were a point worse off than their opponents before kick-off, put more pressure on Hughes and saw Stoke fall to 18th in the table on goal difference.

Stoke have conceded five or more in three Premier League games this season and have let in a total of 47 goals - seven more than the second-worst tally held by both West Ham and Watford.

The 5-1 defeat by Tottenham at Wembley on 9 December prompted angry fans to confront the Stoke players at the city's railway station.

After that game, Hughes said there had been "an under­current" through his time at the club from fans who were against his appointment.

On Thursday Hughes said he did not need reassurance about his position.

High-profile signings have also failed to deliver. Kevin Wimmer has been a big disap­po­in­tment since his £18m summer move from Tottenham, as Hughes moved to spend the £24m raked in from the sale of Marko Arnautovic.

Saido Berahino has not scored since a £12m move from West Brom in January 2017 while Giannelli Imbula flopped dismally after signing for a club record £18.3m in February 2016 and is now out on loan.

There have of course been successes, such as Joe Allen, but in recent times Hughes has overseen a decline that he has been unable to reverse, and results and performances this season have finally forced Stoke's owners into a decision they were reluctant to take.

















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