Belfast Telegraph

Stoke aim to make quick call after axe falls on Hughes

By Robert Jones

Stoke hope to make a quick appointment after sacking manager Mark Hughes.

The Potters are eager to have a new man in place before they travel to Manchester United a week on Monday.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill and Derby boss Gary Rowett are among those to have been linked with the role at the bet365 Stadium.

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill is also under consideration for the post.

Hughes was dismissed after Saturday's shock 2-1 FA Cup third-round defeat at League Two Coventry.

Stoke are in the Premier League relegation zone after winning two of their last 12 league games and lost 1-0 to Newcastle on New Year's Day which put Hughes on the brink.

The former Wales boss put himself under pressure to beat the Magpies, after making six changes for their 5-0 defeat at Chelsea 48 hours earlier, only to see his side lose. It left the Potters' board considering his future.

Charlie Adam's penalty cancelled out Jordan Willis' opener at the Ricoh Arena but Jack Grimmer struck in the 68th minute to send the hosts through to the fourth round.

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