Stoke City sack manager Mark Hughes after FA Cup defeat at Coventry


Stoke City have sacked manager Mark Hughes after a dismal run of games.

Their shock 2-1 defeat to League Two side Coventry in the FA Cup Third Round proved to be the final straw for the club.

Hughes, who has been at the helm for four and a half years, was dismissed just three hours after the final whistle.

Taking charge of Stoke for the 200th time, Hughes was in desperate need of a win after the Potters had registered just one victory in their last eight games.

It seemed the Welshman’s luck had finally run out as goals from Jordan Willis and Jack Grimmer either side of a Charlie Adam penalty proved enough to knock Stoke out of the cup and leave Hughes out of a job.

Stoke have been noticeably struggling in the Premier League this season and currently sit in the relegation zone in 18th place.

The Potters next league match is a difficult trip to Manchester United on Monday January 15.

Following that, the club has a run of more winnable fixtures at home to Huddersfield and Watford and away at fellow strugglers Bournemouth.

Club chairman Peter Coates will be hoping a new manager can take advantage of a favorable fixture list over the coming weeks.

An official statement released by the club added: “We would like to thank Mark for all he has achieved for the club over the last four and a half years, notably in guiding us to three successive ninth places finishes in the Premier League, and we wish him every success for the future.

“The club will look to appoint a new manager as soon as possible and will be making no further comment at this time.”

Hughes took over from Tony Pulis as manager in May 2013.

After the defeat to Coventry, Hughes said: “Every game we’re facing at the moment is a test.

“We need a little bit of help, the clubs working hard to try and get a few more players, the (transfer) window’s open and clearly that’s what we need at the moment.

“I’m not naive, I’m not sticking my head in the sand, I understand people will talk about my situation.

“We’ve got good owners, they’ll make the right decision for the club as they always have.”

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