Stoke City have been up and down this year as they survived relegation by the skin of their teeth.
Just as the season drew to a close their adored manager Tony Pulis, who got Stoke where they are today, was sacked.
Although many felt mixed emotions, it was interesting to see the amount of fans that are glad to see him leave the Potters and felt it was time for a change. However former QPR and Blackburn manager, and former Manchester United player Mark Hughes was appointed as Tony Pulis’ successor.
Hughes, who was sacked as QPR manager in November 2012 after managing QPR’s worst start to a Premier League season, was offered a three year deal with the Potters.
The Welshman enjoys his system, usually in a 4-4-2 setup with solid set plays, and a tough to breakdown mentality. You may even class his team as bullies, he has known to use big strong midfielders in the middle of the park, such as Stephane M’Bia or Robbie Savage. But he does like to see his team play some entertaining football.
Hughes' last job at QPR was one to forget and has urged fans not to judge him on his time at Loftus Road. This is a fresh start for Hughes, who has had a mixed managerial career.
You can’t forget that he saved QPR from relegation the year before on the final day against Manchester City, and arguably wasn’t given enough time when managing Manchester City.
This will be an intriguing appointment, and we will have to see whether the Welshman will flourish in the Britannia Stadium hot seat or it will backfire on the Potters.
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