Stoke City have sacked Mark Hughes following their shocking FA Cup third-round defeat to League Two side Coventry City.
The Premier League club has been living dangerously off late, short of good results. The 2-1 defeat against the League Two side would come as not a surprise for many given their lack of form, especially after having won just twice in their previous 12 matches.
A statement on the club’s Twitter feed confirmed the news.
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The statement read: “Stoke City can confirm that the contract of manager Mark Hughes has been terminated with immediate effect.
“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 be looking to hire a new manager soon, becoming the latest addition to the list that includes Swansea City, Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United, and Everton, who have all sacked managers this season.
“The club will look to appoint a new manager as soon as possible and will be making no further comment at this time,” the tweet added.
The former Man Utd player, who led Stoke since 2013, had a win percentage of just 35.5% in the 200 matches he managed.
Stoke City fans were vocal about wanting the Welshman to quit, and showed their frustration in the recent set of results, especially against Chelsea and Newcastle United. There was a chorus of boos and chants of “Hughes Out” after the game against the Magpies.
It will be interesting to see who the Potters choose in order to replace Hughes. The club faces the Red Devils at Old Trafford next in the Premier League.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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