Hughes expected to succeed Pulis at Stoke

BBC Sport has reported that Mark Hughes is in line to become the next manager of Stoke City, replacing long-serving Tony Pulis, who left the Premier League club this week.

Roberto Martinez, manager of FA Cup-winning but also relegated Wigan Athletic, is the other primary contender for the post, the BBC adds, but has yet to make up his mind with regards to his future. A decision from Martinez was expected this week but has been pushed back to give the Spaniard more time.

Hughes was sacked by Queens Park Rangers in November with the side struggling at the foot of the table. Harry Redknapp was appointed in his place but could not prevent the Loftus Road club tumbling into the Championship.

Prior to his posting at QPR, Hughes spent a season at Fulham, taking the Cottagers to eighth place in the table, resigning in the summer of 2011. He was appointed by the R’s in early 2012 and saved the club from the drop on the final day of the season, only to lose his job less than a year into his tenure.

Hughes, a player with Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Everton and Blackburn Rovers, began his managerial career with the Wales national team in 1999, leaving after five years to take over at Blackburn. From Ewood Park he moved to Manchester City in 2008, spending 18 months at the club before Roberto Mancini was appointed in his place.

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