30 May 2013 09:02
Mark Hughes has been named new manager of Stoke City.
Hughes has signed a three-year deal to replace Tony Pulis, whose seven-year stay with the English Premier League club ended on May 21.
Pulis’ reign was ended by mutual consent after Stoke finished 13th in the English Premier League this season, six points clear of the relegation zone.
Former Fulham, Blackburn and Manchester City manager Hughes has been out of a job since being sacked by QPR in November 2012.
Having replaced Neil Warnock in January of that year, the London club snatched unlikely Premier League safety with five consecutive home wins, despite an incredible 3-2 defeat at Man City on the last day of the season.
Hughes’ appointment has already drawn criticism, with Stoke City’s Supporters Club saying on Wednesday the 49-year-old was not their ‘first choice’.
A fans spokesman told BBC Sport: “It is not just me, it is the thoughts of 90 percent of Stoke fans.
“He is not a long-term appointment, look at his track record, but it looks as though he is going to be appointed anyway.”