Stoke City FC have confirmed the appointment of Mark Hughes as manager following last week's departure of Tony Pulis.
Pulis left Stoke by mutual consent after seven years of his second spell at the helm. He had guided the Potters to promotion and kept them in the top flight for five seasons, as well as leading them to the 2011 FA Cup final and the UEFA Europa League round of 32 the following campaign. Hughes, 49, was anointed as the new man in charge of the Staffordshire outfit on Thursday morning and has signed a three-year deal.
"This is very much a local club and I understand that greatly," said the former Welsh international. "Whenever I've been to Stoke as an opposition manager, the passion of the fans has been evident to me. You want to progress and you want to raise expectations. My intention is to take this club forward and make sure we're successful in the future. It's a squad that has an understanding of the Premier League and that's important. I will hopefully make them a little bit more offensive, but it's about steady progress and doing it at the correct speed."
Hughes, who made his name as a combative striker for the likes of Manchester United FC, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona and FC Bayern München, has been out of the dugout since leaving Queens Park Rangers FC last November. He has previously managed the Wales national team, Blackburn Rovers FC, Manchester City FC and Fulham FC.
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