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Mark Hughes Could Be Confirmed As Stoke Manager By End of Week: The Nightly EPL

For some Stoke City supporters, appointing Mark Hughes as the manager of their club could be their worst nightmare. Talks between Hughes and Stoke City are progressing to the point where the former QPR manager could be appointed by the club as early as the end of the week.

While the negativity about the possible appointment of Hughes is palatable, I believe the bloke deserves another chance. Outside of his dreadful managerial experience at Queens Park Rangers, Hughes has had tremendous success with Blackburn Rovers, an impressive run with the Welsh national team, as well as a mixed track record at Manchester City and Fulham.

Just as Andre Villas-Boas was a flop at Chelsea before coming good at Tottenham, it’s quite conceivable that Mark Hughes can be a success at Stoke City. He’s used to managing a team with a physical style of play (Blackburn). He’s helped teams qualify for Europe (Fulham and Blackburn), and has a relatively good track record for signing talent (Nigel de Jong, Gareth Barry, Craig Bellamy, Ryan Nelson, etc).

If Hughes can keep his spending in check, he could very well be the type of manager that Stoke City needs to slowly improve the squad. Agree or disagree? Share your opinion below.

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  1. Guy

    May 29, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Hughes certainly doesn’t light my fire, but he’s not a wrist slitter for me, either. Other than his tenure at QPR, he has always won more than he’s lost in the Prem. As Stoke have never done that, I would find it a quite satisfactory result if he were to continue that trend.

    • IanCransonsKnees

      May 29, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      I tend to agree Guy. I think most people on The Oatcake are disappointed because it’s uninspired. Take away the QPR debacle and it’s a ‘safe’ appointment. I can understand this having heard the board were frightened by how close they came to relegation. So rather than risk Poyet or an unknown we’ve gone for someone relatively steady.

      I don’t want any of Kia Joorabchian’s crew signing for us, but hopefully he can start putting round pegs in round holes. Similar to Pulis he seems to have signed better players when he has had less money to spend. At Citeh and QPR I’d be interested to know which were his signings and which were the Chairman’s.

      Apparently there was a van with a ‘Hughes Out’ banner driven around the Britannia Stadium yesterday!

      He’ll have to make use of the academey and start making it pay. It’s been awarded the highest rating of any in the country in the recent EPPP audit which I find astonishing. If we could start bring a few more homegrown players through that’d appease a lot of the LMHHW’s.

      At least it wasn’t Alex McLeish.

      • Guy

        May 29, 2013 at 2:56 pm

        At least it wasn’t Alex McLeish.

        jtm’s spelling says it all…McLeast. It was scary even seeing his name mentioned!

        • jtm371

          May 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm

          Guy & Ian
          thanks for bringing back that nightmare to haunt me and all Forest fans.McLeast needs to look for a job in the mls.

  2. Bishopville Red

    May 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Hughes’ tenure at City was very interesting because he was hired about a month before the Sheik takeover. He was brought in to recreate the scrappy Blackburn style and give City a puncher’s chance, then ended up with an entirely new set of rules that did not fit his skill set. Had the owners come before the manager, I think it’s safe to say that Hughes’ qualities and the personality of his more successful sides would not be what City was looking for.

    Since his successful style is similar to Pulis’ in its pugnacity, I wonder why Stoke is swapping like for like and hoping for a different end product. I thought if they were getting rid of Pulis, it was for a shift in footy philosophy. Apparently not.


  3. maskedracer

    May 29, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Stoke is now on everybody’s pre-season relegation prediction list including my own. Cameron, Shea, and Edu..get out!

  4. bluemoon70

    May 29, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Why does this guy continue to get top jobs? He must be a hell of an interviewer.

  5. rej4sl

    May 29, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Well I think my home town team just committed suicide. This is not going to help keep them in the Premier League next season. At this rate non-league football is on the cards.

  6. Marc L

    May 29, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Condolences to the Stoke boys on here. I hate to see Clueless inflicted on anybody. That guy is a straight-up, Grade-A moron.

  7. Brn442

    May 29, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Shut your mouth. Bentley is still being paid to kick a ball? What next? You’re gonna tell me Mark Hughes is still being paid to manage?

    • Matt

      May 29, 2013 at 10:25 am

      At least Bentley has made a positive impact at least once in a big match. That goal against arsenal was fantastic.

      Hughesy, on the other hand…

      • Mufc77

        May 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm

        Guessing mark Hughes 2 winning goals in the cup winners cup final against Barcalona doesn’t count.

        • Bishopville Red

          May 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm

          Or a goal in the 94 FA Cup final. Or two in the ’89 FA Cup final.

          What was that Bentley goal again? To win what?


  8. Mufc77

    May 28, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    I don’t know what’s more surprising the fact that David Bentley is still playing football or the fact that he’s only 28.

    • jtm371

      May 28, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      still playing

      • Mufc77

        May 28, 2013 at 11:41 pm

        Wasn’t he supposed to be the next big thing when he was at Blackburn?

  9. jtm371

    May 28, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    The Gaffer
    i think your going to be flying alone on your Hughes post.something tells me Guy and Ian might not have the same feelings about Hughes.I will go down fighting give Poyet a shot.

    • IanCransonsKnees

      May 29, 2013 at 1:14 am

      It seems pretty certain to be Hughes. Which is terribly uninspiring, just an

      • IanCransonsKnees

        May 29, 2013 at 1:19 am

        Another example of the premier league managerial roundabout. Hughes doesn’t worry me particularly (though if thats the best they could do they should explain Pulis’ dismissal) it’s the self serving leach that is Via Joorabchian.

  10. gbewing

    May 28, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    shockingly uninspired hire- retreads R US

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