Mark Hughes sacked after relegation to Championship
Stoke City have sacked manager Mark Hughes a day after the club's relegation to the Championship.
Former Wales manager Hughes took the vacant Stoke position six months after being sacked at QPR, and guided the Staffordshire club to a respectable mid-table finish in the 2013/14 Premier League season.
However the ex Manchester United striker could not prevent Stoke from being relegated, and two days after their drop to the second tier was confirmed, Hughes has lost his job.
Stoke are now looking for a manager, with reports that new Technical Director Roberto Martinez will take the management position in the coming days.
Tim Sherwood and Sam Allardyce take up the other two positions in the bookies top 3, but at 1/3 odds on it seems Martinez will be announced as the new manager of Stoke City.
The Potters lost their top-flight status after a dramatic final day in the Premier League, with Sunderland winning away at Manchester City, dragging Stoke, who only managed a 1-1 draw with Newcastle into the relegation zone on goal difference.
One die hard Stoke fan was so dismayed by Mark Hughes' tenure, he decided to park his vehicle outside the Britannia Stadium until he heard on the radio that Hughes had been sacked.
A Stoke statement read on their website: "Manager Mark Hughes has been informed by Stoke that his contract is to be terminated. All of Mark's backroom staff will also be leaving the club.
"Stoke have now begun a recruitment process, which in conjunction with the board will be managed by Technical Director Roberto Martinez and Head of Youth Development Kevin Thelwell."
"The club will now take as long as is necessary to make this crucial appointment and there will be no publicly communicated timescales.
"The club will be making no further comment at this stage."
Hughes has managed Wales, Blackburn, Man City, Fulham, QPR and Stoke in his management career so far.