Mark Hughes the right man for the job, insists Stoke City chief

Peter Coates described Mark Hughes as "the perfect fit" for Stoke City after he is appointed as Potters manager on three-year deal

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Mark Hughes was sacked by QPR last November Photo: The Sport Review

Peter Coates has described Mark Hughes as “the perfect fit” for Stoke City after the Welshman was appointed as Potters manager on a three-year contract.

Hughes takes the reins at the Britannia Stadium following Tony Pulis’ exit last week and six months after he was sacked by Queens Park Rangers following a dismal run of results.

“We have given it a great deal of thought and it’s so important for this football club,” Stoke chairman Coates told a news conference on Thursday.

“Going forward we have analysed Mark’s career to death and we are satisfied his CV is very impressive and is the right fit for us.

“We believe he will be just what we are looking for.”

Coates added: “Mark will say who comes in and who goes out [in the transfer market]… there’s no new direction. He’s been given a three-year contract, we believe he’ll do well.”

Hughes, whose failure to win a Premier League game in 12 attempts against QPR led to his dismissal from Loftus Road last November, said he was “grateful” to be given the chance to manage at the top level again.

“I’m absolutely delighted to get this opportunity,” said the 49-year-old Hughes, who has previously managed Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City.

“I’m really grateful and pleased they have looked beyond my last position [at QPR] and took my career as a manager as a whole.

“This is a local club and this club is close to its community. The passion and desire has been evident and I can’t wait to get started and give them a team they can be proud of.”

Hughes also insisted that he has no regrets about his doomed reign at QPR, after having guided the Hoops to Premier League survival in 2011-12 before his sacking early last season.

“I don’t regret QPR,” he added. “It was difficult. I have touched on the fact a lot of managers have gone in there and found it difficult.

“Their turnover has been historically high. It was difficult and mistakes were made – I made mistakes that I will learn from.

“It is a regret because given more time I would have be able to turn it around. To be honest we tried to run before we could walk and I hold my hands up.”

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