Thursday 21 February 2019

Hughes: 'Club owners wield axe too fast'

Mark Hughes. Pic: PA
Mark Hughes. Pic: PA

Mark Hughes believes some volatile Premier League owners wield the axe too quickly and is grateful Stoke do not have a trigger-happy chief.

Craig Shakespeare became the second top-flight manager to lose his job this season when he was sacked on Tuesday just four months after he signed a three-year deal to take the Leicester post permanently.

"Sometimes when clubs have new ownership or sometimes when clubs have ownerships that are maybe a little bit more emotional, I think people can make mistakes and press buttons to get rid of good people, people who have proven themselves over a decent period," said Hughes.

"They bow to the immediate thinking rather than actually looking at the quality of people that you have in the building and back the quality that you have."

Stoke are just one place above the Foxes in the Premier League table ahead of today's clash. Xherdan Shaqiri (ankle) is a doubt as are Peter Crouch (back), Bruno Martins Indi (calf), Ryan Shawcross (back) and Tom Edwards (ankle).

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