Stoke appoint Mark Hughes as manager

Mark Hughes is the new Stoke boss. Photo: PA

Stoke have confirmed Mark Hughes as their new manager and will formally unveil him today.

Once Tony Pulis' seven-year stay with the club ended last week, Hughes quickly emerged as the clear favourite to be his successor and after days of talks has now been given the job.

The 49-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by QPR last November, with his appointment announced in a brief statement this morning.

The former Manchester United striker will hold a media conference at 11am.

In choosing Hughes, Stoke have again gone for a Welsh manager, with Hughes having also coached the national side - his first post at the end of a successful playing career.

As an uncompromising striker Hughes played for the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, scoring over 200 goals.

In the dugout, having guided Wales to a World Cup qualifying play-off, he headed back to former club Blackburn where he impressed by earning a European spot.

Manchester City came calling in June 2008 as a result but he was unable to deliver tangible success despite a heavy period of investment and was sacked in December 2009.

Fulham offered him a route back into football in the summer of 2010 and he guided them to eighth in his first season before resigning, citing a desire to better himself.

His next job was at QPR, though, and he took over a side looking to stay in the Premier League at the first attempt. He managed to achieve that after replacing Neil Warnock in January 2012, but was sacked 11 months later after failing to move the side away from the bottom of the table despite healthy backing in the transfer market.

Stoke will be hoping Hughes can carry on the work done by fellow countryman Pulis, who left the Britannia Stadium last week with the best wishes of the club after a successful spell.

He guided them into the Premier League and stabilised them as a top-flight side for four successive seasons. But despite an FA Cup Final appearance some fans had grown tired of what they considered a dated style of football and a parting of ways occurred once the season had ended.

Stoke will be hoping Hughes can carry on the work done by fellow countryman Pulis. Credit: PA

1963: Born Wrexham on November 1.

1980: Signs professional terms with Manchester United.

1983: Makes debut for United against Oxford.

1984: Scores on international debut for Wales against England.

1985: May - Wins FA Cup winner's medal as United beat Everton.

1986: Joins Barcelona in a £2.3million deal. Fails to settle, however, and is loaned out to Bayern Munich.

1988: Signs again for Manchester United for £1.8million.

1991: May: Scores twice against Barcelona as United win European Cup Winners' Cup.

1993: In the United side that wins inaugural Premiership title.

1994: United win the league and FA Cup double with Hughes a pivotal part of the side.

1995: Signs for Chelsea for £1.5million.

1997: Wins fourth FA Cup winner's medal after Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 2-0.

1998: Wins second European Cup Winners' Cup medal with Chelsea. Moves to Southampton before start of 1998-99 season.

1999: Appointed Wales manager for the last two European Championship qualifiers.

November 25 - Agrees four-and-a-half-year deal as Wales manager, the first 18 months of which is to be served on a part-time basis.

2000: March 14 - Joins Everton on a 14-month deal, scoring one goal in 15 appearances.

October 24 - Joins Blackburn on a free transfer, helping them to secure promotion to the Premiership.

2001: June - Wales fail to qualify for 2002 World Cup after winning just two of their last 12 games.

Scores two goals in 25 appearances as Rovers maintain their top-flight status and win the Worthington Cup and a place in Europe.

2002: May 13 - Told his contract will not be renewed by Blackburn and retires at the age of 38.

2003: Wales guarantee themselves a Euro 2004 qualifying play-off place after a 1-1 draw with Finland. They are beaten by Russia in play-off but Hughes insists he wants to stay in charge.

September 15 - Named manager of Blackburn.

2005-06: Blackburn finish sixth and qualify for the UEFA Cup.

2007: Blackburn return to the UEFA Cup, but are surprisingly beaten 3-2 on aggregate by Greek side Larissa in the first round.

2008: June 4 - Appointed as Manchester City manager on a three-year contract.

September 1 - Abu Dhabi United Group reach a takeover agreement with City, making the club the richest in world football. The new owners announce they want a top-four finish. City outbid Chelsea to sign Real Madrid forward Robinho in a British record £32.5million deal.

2009: January 3 - City suffer humiliating FA Cup third-round defeat, losing 3-0 at home to Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest.

May 24 - City finish 10th in the Barclays Premier League in Hughes' first season in charge.

July - The £12m capture of Gareth Barry from Aston Villa sparks a multi-million pound spending spree, which also saw acquisitions including Roque Santa Cruz, Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Carlos Tevez and Joleon Lescott.

November - Pressure mounts on Hughes following City's run of seven straight Barclays Premier League draws.

December 19 - City terminate Hughes' contract, despite a 4-3 defeat of Sunderland. Roberto Mancini is immediately installed as his successor.

2010: July 29 - Appointed manager of Fulham on a two-year contract.

2011: May - Fulham finish eighth in the Premier League and qualify for the Europa League via the fair play league.

June 2 - Quits as Fulham manager.

2012: January 10 - Appointed QPR manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

May - Keeps QPR in the Premier League despite suffering a 3-2 defeat to Man City on the last day of the 2011/12 season.

July/August - Embarks on a signing spree, bringing in the likes of Robert Green, Park Ji-Sung, Julio Cesar and Esteban Granero.

November 4 - A 1-1 draw with Reading extends QPR's winless start to the 2012/13 campaign to 10 matches.

November 17 - A 3-1 home defeat by relegation rivals Southampton increases the pressure on Hughes.

November 23 - Sacked by QPR on the eve of their clash with Manchester United.

2013: May 30: Appointed manager of Stoke.