Hughes Expected To Be In Charge Against Coventry City

Last updated : 02 January 2018 By CNS Sport

Mark Hughes is expected to be in charge of Stoke City on Saturday for their FA Cup Third Round tie away to Coventry City.

There were "Hughes Out" banners amongst some of the Stoke support during the 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle United on New Year's Day, which leaves Stoke two places above the Premier League relegation zone and having lost seven out of their last ten matches.

Stoke City's board are being reported as not having met to discuss replacing the Welshman, who has been the manager for the last four and a half years but are considering their options.

Meanwhile, Mark Hughes believes he is the man for the job and said: "Who else is going to do it?

"In terms of the knowledge of the group and the progress in my time here, I'm the best person to do it."

Hughes rested a number of players in the 5-0 defeat at Chelsea and may do so again for a game which could be seen as a distaction for both sides with Coventry City needing to get promoted out of League Two at the first opportunity and Stoke City needing to preserve their Premier League status.

So far, Coventry City and Stoke City have sold 8,500 tickets between them for a game which kicks off at 3pm. Both clubs have tickets on general sale.