Jose Mourinho “paid price” of results, says Stoke City boss Mark Hughes

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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes Chelsea’s decision to sack Jose Mourinho proves managers are now purely judged on results.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich took the decision to sack last season’s Premier League winning manager on Thursday with the Blues sitting in 16th, only a point above the relegation zone.

Potters boss Hughes said: “Irrespective of the success or standing in the game, you will be solely judged on results.

“Their standards in terms of results compared to last year have dropped and unfortunately Jose’s paid the price for that.

“They have ambitions and targets set at the start of the season like every one of us does and at this stage of the season after 16 games and quite obviously they aren’t hitting the targets that they should be.”

Hughes had kind words to say about Gus Hiddink, the man reportedly chosen to replace Mourinho in the Stamford Bridge hotseat.

He said: “I remember his last period here, had a couple of games against him.

“He is very open, a very warm guy, obviously a world renowned coach who’s had a lot of success over the years so for them its an obvious appointment because he’s been there before and he’ll know what he needs to do very quickly if he gets the job.”

Stoke host Crystal Palace in the Premier League tomorrow (December 19), who are sixth in the league.

The Potters are 11th, only three points behind them.

Palace have won an impressive four out of their seven away games this season and Hughes believes this is down to the type of players they posses.

He said: “I don’t think it’s any coincidence.

“If you look at the make up of their team, the assets they have and the weapons they have in terms of their attacking threat, arguably their game plan lends itself better to playing away from home.

“They can soak up pressure which they are very good at, but then they have good pace, good ability and a real threat going the other way.”

Stoke have managed five clean sheets in their last six Premier League games and Hughes heaped praise on club captain Ryan Shawcross for his performances in the heart of defence.

He said: “I’ve been banging the drum for Ryan since I walked through the door it seems but I think more people are aware now.

“Obviously you need a run of form and a period of results that make people sit up and take notice and I think people are doing that.

“I think Ryan’s performances for a long time have deserved more recognition, not only at international level but in the wider domain so it’s good for him that people that should know are actually quite aware of how well he’s doing.”

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