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

The 49-year-old has emerged as the likely candidate after Pulis left Stoke on Tuesday after seven years in charge. Former Queens Park Rangers boss Hughes is said to be a popular choice with the club and fans but Wigan Athletic's Roberto Martinez is another candidate being considered for the role.

There have been no discussions as of yet but it something is expected to take place next week.

Stoke are in hurry to rush into the decision but it has been reported that insiders feel that the next manager must be someone who can take the club to the next level. They feel that the club needs a change of direction and Hughes is the likely person who can do that.

Hughes’s managerial record hosts an impressive list of clubs. The former Manchester United striker, known to most as ‘Sparky’, played for Barcelona and Chelsea before starting his managerial career with Wales in 1999. He then left to take charge at Blackburn in 2004.

After leaving Ewood Park he then joined Manchester City, where he managed the team for 18 months before being replaced by Roberto Mancini.

After a one season spell at Fulham, he was announced as QPR manager in January 2012. He saved Rangers from relegation in that same season but was then later sacked after just three months into the next campaign.

Martinez has yet to make comment on being a possible replacement for Pulis. It has been said that he has delayed his decision on whether he will remain as Wigan manager.

After winning the FA Cup by beating Manchester City, Wigan were relegated from the Premier league.

Martinez has already held talks with Wigan chairman Dave Whelan to decide on his future with the club but the outcome, at this stage, is not clear.

 

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