Hughes now 2/5 in Premier League Sack Race, with the Potters facing a scrap against relegation
Stoke City are staring into the abyss after a 3-0 reverse against West Ham, with Mark Hughes now 2/5 with bookmaker betfair to be the next Premier League manager out of a job.
Hughes appears to be running out of ideas at the bet365 Stadium and the club owners are known for being patient although they must surely be considering their next steps after yet another defeat.
Mark Hughes has been Stoke City manager since 2013 although it appears that his long stint at the bet365 Stadium is about to come to an end, with the Welshman presiding over a team that has averaged just a point per game in 2017.
While the Premier League is a tough place to compete and defeats are clearly inevitable for a club like Stoke, the manner in which they’re currently losing games has led to several supporters calling for his head.
Betfair have re-opened their Premier League Sack Race market and they offer 5/6 that Hughes is the next top flight manager out of a job, with the Welshman replacing Paul Clement at the head of the betting market.
Hughes cut a resigned figure after Tuesday’s 1-0 reverse at Turf Moor which means Stoke sit fifteenth in the table before the seven Premier League matches are played on Wednesday night.
Nine defeats in fourteen matches is relegation form, with City having home matches against West Ham and West Brom to get some points on the board before taking to the road against Huddersfield and Chelsea.
The decision to replace Xherdan Shaqiri at Turf Moor was met with anger from visiting supporters who felt that the Swiss was the player most likely to unlock the Clarets defence, with a lack of positivity from Hughes meaning that the club’s owners have some tough decisions to potentially make.
It might be that the manager is given the Christmas period to sort things out and forthcoming home matches against beatable opposition could yet see Stoke spring up the table.
Aside from Hughes and Clement, no other manager seems to be in a precarious position right now, with Moyes having steadied the ship at West Ham, while Rafael Benitez is also a big price.
All odds were correct at time of posting.