Stoke City sack manager Mark Hughes after FA defeat against Coventry City

The Potters are in the Premier League relegation zone, in 18th place.
The Potters are in the Premier League relegation zone, in 18th place. Photo credit: Getty Images

Stoke have sacked manager Mark Hughes, the Premier League club have announced.  

The club decided to sever ties with the former Manchester United forward after the 2-1 FA Cup third round defeat by League Two side Coventry.     

"Stoke City can confirm that the contract of manager Mark Hughes has been terminated with immediate effect," the club said in a statement on their official Twitter feed.              

"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.       

Unhappy Stoke fans after their loss to Coventry.
Unhappy Stoke fans after their loss to Coventry. Photo credit: Getty Images

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

Hughes was appointed at Stoke on May 30, 2013, taking over from fellow Welshman Tony Pulis.              

He leaves with the club in the Premier League relegation zone, in 18th place, and with only one win in their past eight games in all competitions.           

Hughes had 200 games in charge of the Potters, after spells in charge of QPR, Fulham, Manchester City, Blackburn and Wales. 

PA