Slumping Stoke part company with Hughes

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Stoke City have parted company with Mark Hughes after a prolonged slump in form under the Welshman left them fighting against Premier League relegation.

Hughes was in charge at the bet365 Stadium for four and a half years, leading the Potters to three successive ninth-place finishes in the top flight.

However, they finished 13th last term and have slipped to 18th in 2017-18, having won only one of their last seven league matches.

Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup third-round defeat to League Two side Coventry City - Hughes' 200th game in charge - proved the final straw for the Stoke hierarchy, with the former Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City boss relieved of his duties soon after.