Mark Hughes the favourite to be new Stoke boss
In the frame: Bookmakers make Mark Hughes favourite for Stoke
Mark Hughes has emerged as the new favourite to be the next manager of Stoke City after a rush of bets on the former Manchester City, Fulham and QPR boss.
The Stoke job appeared a straight shoot-out between Roberto Di Matteo and Roberto Martinez after the Potters opted to part-company with long-serving boss Tony Pulis on Tuesday.
However, Martinez, who is the favourite to replace David Moyes at Everton, has drifted in the betting overnight while Hughes, out of work since leaving QPR before Christmas, has replaced former Chelsea chief Di Matteo as the short-priced favourite with all the major bookmakers.
The news has provoked a fairly negative reaction from Stoke fans on social media, with Hughes’ disastrous spell at QPR seemingly having done lasting damage to his reputation.
On Monday QPR skipper Clint Hill blasted his former manager, claiming Hughes’ signings last summer were utlimately to blame for the club’s relegation.
‘I’m not sure what the manager (Hughes) was thinking,’ the defender told the Daily Telegraph. ‘When you look at the players we used during the first two to three months it was a struggle. We couldn’t find our best 11 because we had too many players.
‘Looking at it we were heavily loaded in midfield but we only really had three out and out strikers. With so many changes to personnel, you can’t expect them to gel that quickly in one of the hardest leagues in the world. I’m just not sure what the manager was thinking at the time trying to integrate so many new faces.’