31 May 2013

Hughes takes over at Stoke City

12:25 pm on 31 May 2013

Mark Hughes has taken over as Stoke City football manager on a three-year contract, saying he wants to prove critics wrong and restore his reputation after being fired by Queen's Park Rangers last year.

The former Manchester United striker replaces fellow Welshman Tony Pulis who left the English Premier League club by mutual consent last week after seven years in charge.

Hughes says mistakes were made at QPR and certainly he made mistakes which he will learn from.

Hughes was sacked by QPR in November, departing after a miserable start to the season with the west Londoners, at that point the only club in England's four professional divisions not to have recorded a win.

In total, he won only eight of his 34 games in charge at Loftus Road.

The former Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham and Wales manager was replaced at QPR by Harry Redknapp who failed to stave off relegation.