Mark Hughes expected to become new Stoke manager

Mark Hughes looks set to replace Tony Pulis as the manager of Stoke City, according to reports.

Mark Hughes expected to become new Stoke manager

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May 29th, 2013

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A story published on the BBC Sport website today suggests that talks between Potters reps and the former Welsh international are progressing to such a point that he could be named as Stoke manager by the end of the week.

Since being removed from his position as QPR manager last autumn after ten months in charge, Hughes has not been involved in club management – but today’s discussions appear to be reaching a conclusion which will see him take up the role at the Britannia Stadium, and tasked with improving the fortunes of a team which found itself only six points from safety at the conclusion of this season despite an impressive European showing only the year before – one which saw them progress through the group stage to be eliminated by Spanish giants Valencia.

Former manager Tony Pulis left the club following an impressive second spell in charge of seven years – with a statement citing the “mutual agreement” that has led to his departure.

Hughes looks set to take up the appointment having managed both clubs and country – his first managerial role of all coming in as he took temporary charge of the national side while still a player. In 2004 he resigned his role to become Blackburn Rovers manager, and has since gone on to manage Man City, Fulham and QPR.

Outgoing Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has also been linked with a move to the Britannia, but it’s understood that Hughes is the ideal choice for a club that is “heading in a different direction” to the one navigated by Pulis.

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