Welshman new Stoke manager

Mark Hughes, from Wrexham, has been appointed the new manager of Stoke City FC. He replaces the club's former manager Tony Pulis, who is also Welsh.

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Mark Hughes focused on 'moving Stoke forward'

Welshman Mark Hughes says his aim is to move Stoke City FC forward after being appointed club manager on a three-year deal.

Hughes, from Wrexham, takes the reins from fellow Welshman Tony Pulis, who left the club last week.

At a press conference alongside club chairman Peter Coates, Hughes said he was 'delighted'.

The Coates family have given me this opportunity and I'm really grateful. I'm pleased they have done their due diligence and looked beyond my last position and taken my career as a manager as a whole. I have the opportunity to work with good people.

With the passion in the area, this is very much a local club that's close to its community. The passion and real desire from the crowd for the team is obvious.

– Mark Hughes, Stoke City FC Manager

The 49-year-old most recently managed QPR but was sacked by the club last November.

It was difficult at QPR and a lot of managers have gone in there and found it difficult. Their turnover of managers, not just in the last 18 months, but historically has been high.

I made mistakes which I learned from but I felt I was given the task of keeping them in the Premier League which I managed to do.

I had 17 games to do that and 12 games later I lost my job.

It was a difficult situation with a lot of chances and if we are honest with ourselves we tried to run before we could walk.

From my point of view it's all about the here and now and moving Stoke forward.

– Mark Hughes, Stoke City FC Manager

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