With the latest murmurings from the Britannia stadium suggesting Mark Hughes is the priority in becoming the clubs new manager, a lot of people have replied negatively.
It has been said all over social network sites that he isn’t the right man for the job, whilst being labelled a poor manager.
However, I think that is far from the truth and believe Hughes would be a good appointment for Stoke. His record in the Premier League is very good apart from his most recent spell at Queens Park Rangers.
Blackburn Rovers was Hughes’ first venture into Premier League management. In his time at Ewood Park he brought European football to the club, as well as consecutive domestic cup semi-finals and top half finishes including a sixth place. He managed a budget impressively bringing in players such as Roque Santa Cruz who had a great impact on English football.
It was therefore no surprise that his time would end at Blackburn in favour of a larger club with a bigger budget and even greater ambitions. Manchester City came calling with their wealth from Thaksin Shinawatra and ambition to become a force of both English and European football. In this role Hughes was tasked with taking Manchester City from a fairly average mid to bottom table side and turn them into European contenders. In his first season he led them to a tenth placed finish, which would have been a great deal higher had they performed better away from home.
He brought in talented players that with time would allow City to become a contender. In his second season Manchester City started brightly and look to improve even further. It therefore came as a big shock when Mark Hughes was sacked in the winter. City were an improving side that were performing quite well and was in the process of building a team, yet he was relieved of his duties.
The beneficiaries of Manchester City’s surprising decision were Fulham. They snapped the unemployed Hughes up when Roy Hodgson left the club and gave him the target of carrying on where Hodgson left off, and so he did. He led Fulham to an 8th placed finish and a European place for the following season. This was courtesy of winning the fair play award which completely proved the doubters suggesting Hughes’ teams were over physically wrong. It therefore came as a surprise when Hughes decided to leave Craven Cottage. He stated he wanted more ambition but we will never know the full truth behind his early resignation.
The club he wanted to match his ambitions became QPR. The Premier League club backed by a wealthy owner has just dismissed Neil Warnock and brought in Mark Hughes to secure Premier League survival. This task Mark Hughes achieved. He kept QPR playing in the Premier League and once again added another successful objective to his CV.
It was the following season which proved to be his worst of his managerial career. QPR endured a terrible start to the season, especially after the huge investment made from the chairman in recruiting new players. Winter came around and Mark Hughes was dismissed. In all honesty he probably couldn’t have had too many qualms about it considering the level of spending he made.
Although this most recent memory is the most prominent, Mark Hughes has been a very successful Premier League manager. He has had successful seasons whatever club he has been at and one bad season doesn’t mean you are a bad manager. The Premier League is a cut throat business however which is why it is understandable why he was sacked. If Stoke were to appoint Hughes, they would be appointing a proven and experienced Premier League manager with a very good record.
The stats and facts do not lie so it is hard to understand claims that Hughes isn’t a worthy manager. Time will tell whether Stoke appoint Hughes, and if they do how well he will do, but in my opinion, there are many worse choices than Hughes to lead a very average Premier League side.
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