The fact that Mark Hughes was a fantastic footballer was never in doubt. ‘Sparky’ also appeared to have the right ingredients to succeed in management after excelling during his long spell at Blackburn Rovers, that earned him a step up to Manchester City.
Whether a move to a top club like City, which was ambitious and growing exponentially came too early in his managerial career, or whether the Citizens’ management lacked the patience to stick it out with him is a fact that will always remain unanswered. However, after a couple of poor spell at Fulham and Queens Park Rangers, Mark Hughes now finds himself in a club not too dissimilar from Blackburn – Stoke City.
The former Manchester United, Barcelona and Chelsea striker is still entering the prime of his managerial career, and Stoke City could just be the place for him to show his true potential. The Potters are known for their managerial patience, evidenced by the time given to Tony Pulis to succeed, and now they want a manager who can help them take the next step towards greatness – consistently getting into Europe.
The markets sadly don’t have a lot of love for Hughes though and this is reflected in the Mark Hughes specials offered by the bookies:
Mark Hughes specials
Mark Hughes not to be manager for the 1st league game of the 2014/15 season 2.25 with Paddy Power
Mark Hughes to be sacked before Christmas 2013 4.50 with Paddy Power
Mark Hughes to take Stoke into Europe in the 2013/14 season 13.00 with Skybet
Mark Hughes to win a trophy as Stoke manager in the 2013/14 season 21.00 with Skybet