Mark Hughes

Sparky Gone at Stoke?

Having been an up-and-down tenure in general, some Stoke fans might be relieved to hear reports per The Guardian that they might get a new manager for Christmas. Mark Hughes is presently in a tight spot, and the UK paper reports that he’s got one game left to turn his chances of staying on in Staffordshire alive.

How often do managers with one game left to save their job turn it around?

With one point keeping them out of the relegation zone at Christmas, Potters fans might be looking for a bit of festive cheer. About to play West Bromwich Albion (who recently got rid of ex-Stoke boss Tony Pulis), the club know they need a result against a likely relegation rival. With the Baggies able to go ahead of Stoke with a win, it would see them spend Christmas in the bottom three.

That, according to the above, would be enough to see Stoke City part company with Hughes, 54. Despite ample backing and opportunity, the Welshman looks to be testing the patience of the clubs’ ownership with another disappointing season so far.

Despite some impressive signings across his four-year spell in charge, there’s been little in the way of genuine progress in terms of long-term results. With just four wins all year and the aesthetic nature of the style degrading further still, it looks like time is running out for Hughes.

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