Official: Mark Hughes out as Stoke manager

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Stoke City have fired manager Mark Hughes after four and a half years in the job.

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Hughes’ fate as Stoke City manager was sealed by the Potters’ shocking 2-1 defeat to League Two side Coventry City in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday, which followed a poor run of Premier League results — seven losses in their last 10 games — and having dropped into the relegation zone, currently 18th place with 20 points after 22 games.

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“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,” read the club statement.

Stoke will begin their search for a new manager immediately and expect “to appoint a new manager as soon as possible.”