Hughes pens new Stoke contract

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has agreed a new contract which will keep him at the Britannia Stadium until the summer of 2019, BBC Sport has reported.

After an ill-fated spell at Queens Park Rangers that lasted just 10 months, Hughes was chosen to replace long-serving boss Tony Pulis at the East Midlands club in the summer of 2013. It was seen as a good fit, and has proven to be thus far with the club on course to register the second successive top half finish.

A strong end to last season ensured the Potters finished ninth and earned their highest ever points tally in the Premier League, and Hughes has also overseen the arrivals of key players including Erik Pieters, Marko Arnautovic, Mame Biram Diouf and Bojan Krkic. Those additions have coincided with a transition to a more possession-based style of play.

Upon agreeing the new deal, Hughes said: “I’m delighted to have signed a new contract. I think it’s exciting times for Stoke City, everyone can see there’s more progress to be made and we want to see how far we can take the club.”

“Continuity is a huge thing in football, certainly in the Premier League, and hopefully the fact I’ve signed a new contract will give continuity to the club and, more importantly, the players because it helps them when they work with someone for a prolonged spell.”

Hughes began his managerial career with the Welsh national team, before taking over at Blackburn Rovers in September 2004. After four years at Ewood Park he moved to Manchester City, and was also at the helm for one season at Fulham.

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