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Mark Hughes was appointed Stoke City manager on a three-year deal back in May 2013, which has since been extended through to 2018. The Welshman had been out-of-work since November 2012, when he was sacked by QPR, but made his return with the Potters after the club parted ways with long-standing boss Tony Pulis.

There was a mixed reaction to Hughes' appointment, but the former Man City boss won over fans after leading the club to a 9th place finish in his first season in charge, which has been followed by back-to-back 9th standings.

Hughes' first managerial appointment came back in 1999 with the Welsh national team, with whom he managed for five years. The Welshman nearly led his troops to Euro 2004 qualification but they just lost out to Russia in the play-offs.

From 2004 to 2008 Hughes managed Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League. In his first season in charge he kept the club in the top flight before guiding them to a very impressive 6th place finish the following year. This was followed by a 10th place finish and then 7th in 2007/08.

In the summer of 2008 Hughes became the Manager of Man City and was instantly charged with getting results on the pitch for the club who were clearly looking to go places.

A couple of months after his appointment the club was taken over by the Abu Dhabi United investment group which enabled Hughes to splash the cash in the transfer market, where he wasted no time in bringing in the likes of Robinho from Real Madrid. Hughes finished 10th in his first season in charge and then despite making a bright start the following season, he was sacked in December 2009.

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TeamWDLWIN%
Stoke City59365539.3
Queens Park Rangers862023.5
Fulham14161332.6
Manchester City36162546.8
Blackburn Rovers82475943.6
Wales12151429.3
TOTAL21113618639.6

Mark Hughes Quotes

Unfortunately, for whatever reasons, we couldn't get the right dynamic at QPR. A lot of people put a great deal of effort and finance into it, but it didn't work. It was very difficult, but thankfully the owners at Stoke looked beyond this, to what I had done at my previous clubs. They didn't see only those 12 games.


At Stoke, I'm allowed to work how I want. All I hope is that people will now see I'm not too bad at what I do


I probably have hundreds of books that I never read, but I just pick key sections from them to use in the role I have. I wouldn't say I am one for Churchillian speeches, but they can be interesting to study


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The Sack Race's Opinion

Throughout his career, Mark Hughes has proven to be an excellent manager. Many felt his dismissals at both City and QPR were overly harsh, and Hughes has since gone on to prove with Stoke that, given time, he can build an excellent side. Hughes has changed Stoke's style, to make them a free flowing, attacking side, and is one of the best British managers around.

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