Mark Hughes wants to repair his reputation following his disastrous spell in charge of Queens Park Rangers and prove wrong the doubters who have criticised his appointment as the new Stoke City manager, the
Hughes was sacked by QPR in November 2012, with Harry Redknapp unable to prevent the London club slipping out of the Premier League. Hughes has now succeeded Tony Pulis at the Britannia Stadium, after Pulis left the club following seven years of service.
The former Wales, Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City boss insisted that he has taken on board the reaction to his Rangers tenure and will use that as a spur to succeed in the Potteries. Hughes said: “My reputation took a bit of a hit.”
“I’ve kept my counsel for six months and listened to what people have said about my ability as a manager, and I can assure you I will use that as motivation.
“I felt the only way I could answer people was by getting a position that gave me an opportunity to work hard and show that what they were saying was incorrect. I feel that’s what I’ve got here. My intention, for my own sanity, is to repair my reputation at Stoke and stay here for as long as I can.”
Hughes spent a season in charge of Fulham, taking the Cottagers to eighth place in the table, before resigning, with Stoke his fourth club in the last five years. Hughes added that he was thankful Stoke looked past his time at the R’s and did not listen to those who speak negatively of him, pointing to his experience of almost 300 top flight games as a manager.
“I’m pleased Stoke have done the due diligence and not gone down the populist route of who’s in vogue,” Hughes said.
“I’m an experienced Premier League manager and there aren’t many this season given all the ones who have left their positions. I’ve had 270 games at this level and people have tried to define my career over the past year. I would just say, “Look a bit deeper than that”.”
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