Stoke City boss Mark Hughes said the Potters were failing under their previous manager Tony Pulis.
Hughes said he needed to make changes to make sure the side improved.
Stoke City are due to play Tony Pulis’ current team, West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday, March 14.
Speaking ahead of the clash, Hughes said: “At the time I got the job it looked like the team were starting to fail.
“There needed to be a change.
“The players deserve credit for embracing a new way of playing and they have been exceptional.
“Last season was the first time we finished in the top 10 and it looks like we will get somewhere near that again this year for the second season running.”
When quizzed over opposing manager Pulis’ recent achievement winning manager of the month he spoke of the curse that usually follows that accolade.
Hughes said: “More often than not you get that and then you lose the next game – it’s happened many times so let’s hope that’s the case.”
Stoke City have had a strong record against the Baggies in recent years, suffering only one defeat since September 2003.
Hughes said: “There is no rhyme or reason behind it, I would imagine it is because of determined play and opportunities being taken at the right time.
“We were able to win last season there, we played really well on the day and deserved to win.
“But now it is a different time of the season and a different manager so it will be a difficult game.
“We have no doubt that it will be hard to keep the run going.
“There’s nothing in our way to get positive result – we just have to play well.”
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