New Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes he will make the club "more entertaining" and insisted that he will play "good football".

Hughes has been named as the replacement for Tony Pulis at the Britannia Stadium by chairman Peter Coates despite protests from unhappy fans at the appointment.

However, Hughes believes that he can take the club forward by playing entertaining football.

"Sometimes you get labelled with a certain way of playing," he told the Guardian. "I can only take the club forward as I know and my philosophy is to play football, to play good football, make chances and make it entertaining for the fans who pay good money to come and see us."

Hughes was sacked as QPR manager in November after his heavily invested squad was rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.

The Welshman, who has signed a three-year deal at Stoke, has defended his record at his previous club.

"It was difficult at QPR and a lot of managers have gone in there and found it difficult," Hughes said. "Their turnover of managers, not just in the last 18 months, but historically has been high. It was difficult and mistakes were made.

"I made mistakes which I learned from but I felt I was given the task of keeping them in the Premier League which I managed to do. I had 17 games to do that and 12 games later I lost my job."

Hughes' appointment has been met with controversy as fans don't see him as an ideal replacement for Pulis.

Chairman Peter Coates has defended Hughes' appointment, believing that the 49-year old is the right man for the job.

"His CV is very impressive and he's the right fit for us," he said. "We have analysed everything he has done and think he has an outstanding record as a football manager.

"The way we've looked at it, we look at Fulham and Blackburn in particular. We think they are in similar in many ways to us, well-run football clubs and we think he will be coming to Stoke City in the same kind of environment and we believe he will be just what we are looking for."


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