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Contenders to replace Mark Hughes as Stoke manager

A look at who could succeed the Welshman at the bet365 stadium

FOOTBALL 11/01/18 08:57

Stoke are looking for a new manager after sacking Mark Hughes on Saturday evening.

Here, we look at five potential replacements for the Welshman.

Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic
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The Croatian was sacked as West Ham boss in November, having been appointed in the summer of 2015, following a 4-1 home loss to Liverpool which left the Hammers languishing in the drop zone. He could be keen for a return to top-flight management and would relish the battle ahead.

Martin O’Neill

Martin O'Neill
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The 65-year-old has a wealth of top-flight experience having managed Leicester, Aston Villa and Sunderland as well as enjoying a successful spell in charge of Celtic. Has been the Republic of Ireland coach since the back-end of 2013 but having failed to lead them to this summer’s World Cup, he may be tempted for another shot at club management.

Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman
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Worked relative wonders at a similar-sized Premier League club in Southampton, whom he guided to two consecutive top-seven finishes, and is unlikely to be too tainted by his subsequent disappointment at Everton. The Dutchman would likely prove a popular choice if he could be convinced that the Potters were a club that matched his ambitions.

Slavisa Jokanovic

Slavisa Jokanovic
(Nigel French/PA)

Whether the current Fulham boss could be prised away from Craven Cottage is a big question, but there are few doubts about Jokanovic’s suitability for the role. After previous success with Watford and Maccabi Tel Aviv, as well as changing the fortunes of the west Londoners, Jokanovic may feel the time is right to give the Premier League a shot.

Graham Potter

Graham Potter
(Barry Coombs/Empics)

The last remaining English manager in European club competition this season, Potter has worked wonders with Swedish minnows Ostersunds – and happens to have played 45 times for the Potters in the mid-1990s. Would be a brave and left-field choice, but Potter’s record in Sweden stands up against some of the very best in the business.

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