Stoke City sack manager Mark Hughes following FA cup humiliation in the hands of league two division club Coventry City and also dropping down to the relegation zone in the League table.
Hughes was told to quit his position by chief executive Tony Scholes at the club’s training ground after the team arrived back from defeat to Coventry at the Ricoh Arena. Hughes is said to have reacted in a dignified manner.
Defeat to Newcastle last Monday had left the Welshman on borrowed time and his dismissal was expected, but the shock upset hastened Stoke’s thinking.
Chairman Peter Coates was in the stands as Stoke crashed out of the FA Cup at the third round to a team ranked 53 places lower in the football pyramid.
The Coates family had hoped to keep faith in Hughes but have been considering options since slipping into the bottom three during a run of seven defeats in 10 Premier League games.
The process of making a fresh appointment will accelerate this week with the club hopeful of unveiling a replacement in time for the trip to Manchester United a week on Monday.
No interim options is made known as un going talks of new appointment for the vacant position is going on with
former Everton manager Ronald Koeman is among the front runners to be choosing .
Speaking after the game before been booted out, Hughes said: ‘It is frustrating that the same things are recurring. We need to take in information better than we are.
‘We need to recognise situations. We are not where we need to be. Lots of injuries are clearly a factor. We are a little bit too easy to score against and that’s not a good options.’