Thu | Jan 17, 2019

Stoke City sack Hughes

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

STOKE, England (AP):

Stoke City have fired manager Mark Hughes after the relegation-threatened Premier League team was beaten 2-1 by fourth-tier Coventry in the FA Cup third round yesterday.

Stoke said, "We would like to thank Mark for all he has achieved for the club over the last four and a half years, notably in guiding us to three successive ninth-placed finishes in the Premier League, and we wish him every success for the future."

The club "will look to appoint a new manager as soon as possible and will be making no further comment at this time".

Hughes took over as manager in May 2013, replacing fellow Welshman Tony Pulis.

Stoke are 18th in the Premier League with 20 points from 22 games.

Bournemouth avoided becoming another Premier League team to be eliminated by lower-league opposition, scoring an equaliser in the second minute of injury time to draw 2-2 at home to third-tier Wigan. Chelsea and Leicester were also taken to replays after drawing 0-0 at second-tier Norwich and third-tier Fleetwood, respectively.

Premier League leader Manchester City produced a stirring second-half fightback to beat Burnley 4-1, after going into halftime a goal down.

City are still on for a quadruple of trophies this season, as it leads the Premier League by 15 points, is into the semifinals of the League Cup, and has progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League.

Other Premier League teams to advance yesterday were Watford, Southampton, Huddersfield, West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle.

Manchester United and Liverpool progressed on Friday.




It is now 26 matches unbeaten in domestic competition for City, whose brilliant second-half display was sparked by two goals from Sergio Aguero in a two-minute span.

Leroy Sane and substitute Bernardo Silva added more goals for City, with Pep Guardiola fielding a strong line-up despite being in the middle of a busy period of fixtures.

Guardiola's side takes on Bristol City in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Tuesday.