Stoke City and Mark Hughes have parted company following his side’s 2-1 loss to Coventry in the FA Cup third round today.
Stoke have been on a miserable run of form of late and the pressure was growing increasingly on Hughes to turn their fortunes around. He has proven unable to do so in recent weeks and has paid the price with his job as a result.
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) January 6, 2018
Today’s loss to Coventry, a team 53-places below Stoke in the football league, was the final straw for the Stoke fans and ultimately the board.
Today’s disappointing result was also the Welshman’s 200th game in charge of the club.
Stoke currently lie 18th in the Premier League table and look to he in serious danger of relegation. After five seasons at the club, it appears as though Hughes was not the man to pull them out of that danger after a truly terrible first half to this season.
Hughes’ final league game in charge was a 1-0 loss to Newcastle, for which he came under heavy criticism. The previous fixture, a 5-0 loss to Chelsea was chosen as a game to rotate team selection and hence rest players by ‘Sparky’ in order to be at their absolute best to take a desperately needed three points in the upcoming game against the Toon. When things didn’t pan out that way, the writing was perhaps on the wall for Hughes.
His team have won just once in their last eight games in all competitions, losing six.
Stoke now look to find his replacement, with Republic Of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill already on the bookies’ list of potential candidates to take over at the Britannia.