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West Brom striker Brown Ideye credits Tony Pulis for career revival

Brown Ideye believes Tony Pulis has helped pull his West Bromwich Albion career back from the brink.

Brown Ideye credits Tony Pulis for career revival Credit: Nigel French/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Baggies' £10 million record signing was on the verge of leaving the club on transfer deadline day.

A £3.75 million move to Al-Gharafa in Qatar was in the pipeline, only for Ideye to stay after Albion missed out on West Ham's Carlton Cole.

Ideye has now scored twice in his last two games, including Wednesday's 2-0 win over Swansea, to double his tally for the season.

He struggled for form and fitness under ex-Albion head coach Alan Irvine following a summer switch from Dynamo Kiev but admitted Pulis has revived him.

I didn't really have that much time when Alan was here. This time is really different because I have more time and more of a role to play, holding the ball up is what I am good at. The way Tony wants me to play suits my game. Right now, I'm just in the right place.

– Brown Ideye speaking ahead of Saturday's game against West Ham

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Mark Hughes' first home match against Genoa

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 was unveiled as the new Stoke City manager last month Credit: ITV News Central

Mark Hughes wants to make Stoke 'really competitive'

Hughes was unveiled at a press conference earlier today Credit: ITV News Central

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.

Hughes said Stoke is a local club which is 'close to its community' Credit: ITV News Central
Stoke City chairman Peter Coates would not say how much Hughes will have to spend Credit: ITV News Central

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