Mark Hughes has been appointed the new manager of Stoke City FC, replacing Tony Pulis.
Tony Pulis has urged Stoke City fans to get behind whoever succeeds him as the club's manager
Former Stoke manager Tony Pulis is disappointed by his exit but accepts chairman Peter Coates' decision to take the club in a new direction
Mark Hughes' first home match in charge of Stoke City will be against Italian side Genoa in a pre-season friendly.
The Serie A side will visit the Britannia Stadium on August 10th, a week before the Potters open their Premier League campaign against Liverpool at Anfield.
Mark Hughes is focused on "moving Stoke forward" after being named as the replacement for Tony Pulis today.
Hughes, who most recently managed QPR and was sacked by the club last November, was confirmed as the Potters' new boss on a three-year deal at a press conference.
"I'm absolutely delighted to get the opportunity," Hughes said.
– Mark Hughes, new Stoke City manager
"I am delighted to be here at Stoke City and happy that the board have shown due diligence during the proces.
"I have always worked with great expectation.
I have no fear of that and I am looking forward to taking this club forward."
– Stoke City Chairman Peter Coates
"Mark Hughes is a good fit for this football club and has an excellent record in the Premier League.
Mark has a great record at Blackburn, Manchester City and Fulham.
The only 'blip' was at QPR."
Good luck to Mark Hughes at Stoke. Will not be easy to get balance between change and points.
Mark Hughes new Stoke City manager. Interesting times for the Potters!
Don't See what Mark Hughes can do at Stoke what Tony Pulis couldn't???
Mark Hughes will be unveiled as the new manager of Stoke City at a press conference later this morning.
He will replace Tony Pulis who left the club last week.