Mark Hughes is close to becoming the new manager of Stoke City, replacing Tony Pulis.

Hughes, the former Queens Park Rangers boss, has had talks with the club and hopes to fill the vacant managerial position at the Britannia Stadium after Pulis left the club last week.

The 49-year old is considered be be the Potters' first choice as leading figures at the club has claimed Hughes would be a 'good fit.'

However Bryan Shaw, chairman of Stoke City's Supporters Club, doesn't see Hughes as the ideal replacement.

"From all the people available, he would not have been my first choice, although he has a reasonable record apart from at QPR," he told the BBC.

"If you ask the majority of Stoke supporters, Mark Hughes would not be their first choice. That said, whoever the chairman appoints we have to get behind. We just have to hope he proves us wrong."

Hughes had got plenty of previous Premier League experience having managed Blackburn Rovers, Manchester United, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.

His first job in management was with the Wales national side, and he spent five years in that role before leaving for Blackburn.

A successful four years at Ewood Park saw him installed as Sven-Goran Eriksson's successor at Manchester City but he only spent one full season at the Etihad Stadium before being sacked. 

His next job was with Fulham, where he only lasted 11 months before resigning and taking over at QPR in January 2012.

He was sacked by the Loftus Road club halfway through last season after his heavily invested side were rooted at the foot of the table.

The Welshman had an impressive playing career, turning out for the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona and Chelsea before retiring in 2002.


Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here:

DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: