Stoke City manager Mark Hughes favourite for the sackby Jack Kitson / 13 December 2017, 09:06Tweet
Mark Hughes’ future at Stoke City is on a knife edge after his side slumped to a late loss at Sean Dyche’s Burnley, who in turn stormed into the top-4, with nearly double the points of the struggling Potters.
A return of just 16 points from 17 games (W4 D4 L9) is Stoke’s lowest ever tally at this stage of a Premier League campaign, and it’s resulted in Hughes being installed as the new odds-on favourite in the Premier League Sack Race, ahead of Swansea boss Paul Clement and Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez.
Stoke players were confronted by livid fans on the train in the aftermath of the club’s 5-1 thrashing at Tottenham on Saturday. The mood is unlikely to have changed after Tuesday’s 89th minute defeat to Burnley - the club’s fourth defeat in five, while they’ve now only won three of their last 16 league and cup matches.
Hughes was understandably fuming after the clarets game, but believes he is the right man to turn things around, telling reporters:
"Don't tell me that anyone says Burnley deserved to win that, because they didn't. The lads are devastated.
"We'll be OK, we're fine. We are working hard to try to turn this around but I am encouraged by what I've seen tonight.”
Whether Hughes will still be at the helm for Saturday’s crunch clash at home to fellow strugglers West Ham is unknown. However, if the Coates clan do in fact wield the axe then a certain Tony Pulis is available...