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Stoke City sack manager Mark Hughes after poor run

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Mark Hughes has been sacked as manager of Stoke City following their FA Cup defeat on Saturday, after a run that saw them win just twice in 13 games.

Hughes, 54, had been in charge of the Potters for four and a half years.

“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-place finishes in the Premier League, and we wish him every success for the future,” Stoke said in a statement.

“The Club will look to appoint a new manager as soon as possible and will be making no further comment at this time.”

A section of Stoke fans called for him to leave and held up banners throughout the 2-1 defeat at the Ricoh Arena.

After the game – his 200th in all competitions as Stoke manager – Hughes said he did not think the defeat changed the situation regarding his future and said it “might be a blessing” for the rest of the season.

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