Hughes worried about managers’ time in the Premier League


Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes that managers who depart Premier League clubs after having little proving time is “worrying.”

Middlesbrough sacked Aitor Karanka yesterday after a poor run of form. The club are on a 10-game win-less streak and are the Premier League’s lowest scorers with 19 goals.

Speaking ahead of his team’s clash with title leaders Chelsea, Hughes said: “When you get a job, you know at some point the likelihood is that you’re going to lose that same job that you’ve been given.

“The worrying thing is that it seems to be more prevalent in the life of managers at all levels which seems to be shortening. But we are all trying to work with a view to develop clubs and players and to be able to do that you need the time and unfortunately a lot of managers aren’t getting that.”

The Potters boss thinks it’s getting very difficult and compared to when he was playing is a lot more dangerous for managers.

“I think that it can be dangerous if you gather an opinion about your manager then be asking the players that may be a little bit disenfranchised with the manager as well. It doesn’t need to happen, I don’t think it’s the right thing to happen,” he said.

“We’ve got an ownership that are very close to the players, that will engage with them and interact with them and see them every week but that direct line to them, I don’t think is correct.”


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