Photography by Ray Chan

Mark Hughes

Stoke City, 2013-2018

“Supporters don’t want to hear that we’re just happy to be here, and that if we survive, that’s enough. They want to hear that we want to be better”

Mark Hughes was given the thankless task of succeeding Tony Pulis at Stoke City in 2013, six months after being sacked by Queens Park Rangers. Despite having impressed in similar positions at Blackburn Rovers and Fulham, he was also not a popular appointment.

He regardless proceeded to lead them to three successive ninth-placed finishes in the Premier League, and while overseeing a vastly different transfer policy and an entertaining brand of football, before his eventual departure. Speaking exclusively to The Coaches’ Voice, Hughes revisits his near-five years in The Potteries, and explains why he considers his time there to represent some of his most successful in management.

Mark Hughes

Tony Pulis

Fortress Britannia

Stoke City enjoyed five years of Premier League football under Tony Pulis, during his second spell as their manager. He revisits his time at the Britannia

Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes revisits one of his finest days as a coach – when Stoke City thrashed Liverpool, in Steven Gerrard’s final game for the club
Eddie Howe

To Burnley and back

Eddie Howe spent almost two years at Burnley between successful spells with Bournemouth. He revisits why he moved to Turf Moor, and had to return to Bournemouth