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Hughes certain he's not in firing line just yet


By Eleanor Crooks

Mark Hughes expects to be given time to turn Stoke's fortunes around.

The Welshman is the favourite to be the next Premier League manager shown the door, with the Potters having accumulated their lowest tally of points after 17 games since promotion in 2008.

The squad were confronted by angry fans at Stoke railway station following last weekend's 5-1 loss to Tottenham, while Tuesday's last-gasp defeat to Burnley, although a much-improved performance, left them only two points above the bottom three.

Tomorrow's home clash with second-bottom West Ham has been billed as a crucial match for Hughes' job prospects.

But the 54-year-old, who has been in charge since 2013, remains confident he has the backing of chairman Peter Coates.

Asked if club chiefs were offering the support Hughes wants, he said defensively: "Why wouldn't they? They're good football people, they've been around football a long time and they understand what it's about.

"If they see a committed performance, if they see players working hard and running as much as they possibly can, which is what they saw on Tuesday night, they'll be happy.

"They've been in the game a long time, they know it's not always a smooth path."

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