Tony Pulis led Stoke to automatic promotion in 2008 and the Britannia outfit’s direct style of play proved effective against top flight opposition, with the Potters finishing in 12th position.
The QPR manager, who clashed with his compatriot during his spell at Fulham, heaped praise on Stoke’s progress – Pulis’ side qualified for this seasons Europa League after reaching last season’s FA Cup final.
“There’s no real history [with Pulis],” said Hughes.
“I just took exception to one tackle towards the end of the game that injured my player [Stoke’s Andy Wilkinson on Fulham’s Moussa Dembélé].
“That’s the only reason [for the spat].
“I have no problem with Tony Pulis, he’s done a great job. He’s a good Premier League manager and had another outstanding season.
“They’ve done really well to consolidate their position and grow stronger every season. It’s a good template for us really.”
The 48-year-old admitted that being involved in a relegation scrap in the final games of a season is a relatively new experience for the QPR boss, and Hughes is keen to avoid a repeat next year should the Londoners stay up.
“There’s huge focus on the Premier League and it’s great to be part of it. Ideally, you’d like to be watching all the drama from afar and you’re not involved,” he added.
“That’s what I’ve been doing the last eight or nine years as a Premier League manager but this time I’m very much in the mix albeit at the wrong end. It’s not where we want to be in the future.”
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