Mark Hughes Releases 7 Players From Stoke City Squad: Daily Soccer Report

New Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has released seven players from Stoke City including notable names such as Jermaine Pennant, Rory Delap, Dean Whitehead, Mamady Sidibe, Matthew Upson and Carlo Nash.

On top of that, Stoke City have announced that six members of the club’s coaching staff have left the club including QPR legend Gerry Francis.

Hughes is expected to bring in his own coaching staff, which will likely include his right-hand man Mark Bowen.

What are your thoughts about the Stoke footballers being released? Should any of them been given another chance to shine at the club? Was releasing Jermaine Pennant a harsh decision given his potential? Have your say in the comments section below.

Here’s a video tribute to Rory Delap’s career at Stoke City:

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18 thoughts on “Mark Hughes Releases 7 Players From Stoke City Squad: Daily Soccer Report”

  1. Stroke of genius or a potential disaster.

    However – changers were needed.

    Sorry Gaffer but Pennant has been a professional footballer for nearly 15 years, with stints at big clubs, what “potential” were you referring to?

  2. Never really saw Delap play too much, i only saw his throw ins.

    how would you rate him as a footballer (at his peak) besides his throw in ability?

    1. Not a Stoke goal but this sticks two fingers up to the people that slagged Rory off:

      I saw him play pretty much his entire Stoke career. It got off to a terrible start on loan from Sunderland he suffered a terrible leg break, ironically playing against Sunderland in only his second game on loan. What did Stoke and Tony Pulis do, bleat about it, rage against his former team mate who went in for the challenge against him? None of that, they paid Sunderland £500,000 and signed Delap on a 3 year contract despite a double leg break which no one knew how it would affect his ability.

      You didn’t really notice the throw ins until our promotion season. That first 2 years in the Premier League was fantastic when he got the throw. Delap himself says “You could see in the eyes of some teams they were thinking, ‘We’ve had enough of this’.

      “There was the well-documented story of Spurs goalkeeper (Heurelho) Gomes in tears in a game, while I also recall Villa keeper Brad Friedel seeing us win yet another throw and shouting, ‘What the f*** is going on?’ You could see teams had had enough.” Boaz Myhill put balls into his box out for corners rather than throw ins. Arsenal and Arsene couldn’t defend against them. Utilitarian to the outsider, fantastic to the Stoke fan.

      I always thought we’d sign him for some strange reason it was one of those when he played at Derby and Southampton I thought he’d end up at Stoke one day.

      Off the pitch he got involved with the community side of things and raised thousands of pounds for the Donna Loise Trust with two charity cycle rides.

      A huge part of our ascent and stabilization, I’d love to see him back with us in a coaching or managerial role one day. A specially commisioned airbrushed and signed painting of him taking a throw in takes pride of place on a wall in my ‘Stoke room’ (my to the missus’ chagrin).

      You had to be there to apprecite his awesomeness.

  3. No great loss. Whitehead was the only one who saw any real time on the pitch and you were always waiting for the first yellow card at that. As for Pennant, “brn” hit that one on the head.

  4. What does release mean in the English football terms? Stoke still plays their remaining parts of contracts? They were out of contract? Cut? Seems silly to pay players if they could possibly help you in the future. If it is a clean break, we know that managers like to make their stamp.

  5. So what are the odds on him picking up his pet Roque now?

    The guy IS available, having finally just come off City’s books from the last time (of 3 total, I think) that Clueless signed him.

      1. The funny thing is that you are far from the first person to talk that particular junk to me. But well done, anyway!

  6. I know it’s The Mail (and The Independent quoting The Mail), but the Laudrup situation at Swansea does not sound good. It seems to have gone beyond the mere posturing stage. Who will blink?

  7. Mark Hughes is over rated as far as I’m concerned. Show’s how few EPL managers there are.
    This is his 4th team in 5 years. Doesn’t bode well if Stoke are trying to stabalaize the club.

    1. Actually we are trying to de-stablize it (get away from hoofball) without going completely crazy. Hughes fits the bill in that regard.

  8. Gaffer,

    I don’t know if it is just my work computer but we have IE8 and the site is not being dislaye properly and wont show any of the pictures.

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