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Hughes has exceeded expectations at Stoke City.

Everton eyeing up Mark Hughes as Roberto Martinez' replacement

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Everton have identified Stoke City boss Mark Hughes as the man they want to replace Roberto Martinez, according to reports.

Martinez is widely expected to be axed at the end of the season, and the Daily Mirror have suggested that Hughes is already being lined up to take over.

Winning ugly

Hughes has a mixed record, enjoying relatively successful spells with Wales and Blackburn, before struggling in charge of Manchester City and QPR.

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Under the Toffees' new owners, he would be given money to spend, and that is not necessarily something he has coped well with in the past. At City, for example, it was his decision to buy Robinho, and the £40million gamble did not pay off.

However, even if Everton are set to lose Romelu Lukaku and John Stones this summer, Hughes can still be a success at Goodison Park because he can fill the gaps that Martinez has left; he is well-organised, and can train Everton to win ugly.

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Delivering success

At Stoke, he has exceeded expectations, guiding them to a record ninth-placed finish. Even if he is not the manager to take Everton to the next level in terms of European football, he will surely be able to improve upon what has been a disastrous season for them.

Defeat to Manchester United in the semi-final of the FA Cup looks to have spelled the end for Martinez, but in truth, his job has been under threat for a very long time.

Bournemouth's Eddie Howe is also believed to be in contention for the job, but Hughes is far more experienced. 

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Howe would perhaps be a more popular choice with Everton fans, as he has tried to play passing football with Bournemouth, albeit with limited resources. 

Hughes' style is very different. Since his time at Blackburn, he has often opted for a more physical, long-ball strategy. 

And so Everton have a decision to make. They may have to sacrifice their playing style for a season or two if it means a return to the top half of the table. 

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