The Stoke City fans in the Transfer Tavern had mixed emotions last night. They were both angry and annoyed that they had crashed out of the FA Cup at the very first hurdle, losing 2-1 against League Two side Coventry City at The Ricoh Arena. But they were also celebrating when they heard the news that Mark Hughes was sacked as a result of this loss.
Mark Hughes was dismissed from his role as manager of Stoke, leaving the club in the bottom three in the Premier League and facing a battle against relegation. Stoke have not appointed a caretaker manager and will now begin their search for a new boss.
Two names have appeared as front runners on Stoke City’s shortlist, The Stoke Sentinel reports. Derby County manager Gary Rowett is one and the other is Martin O’Neill – the current manager of the Republic of Ireland national team.
Rowett is rated highly as a young British manager with lots of potential. He has overseen successes at Burton Albion and Birmingham City on small budgets before his switch to Derby County. The 43-year-old currently has the Rams in second place in the Championship and they will hope to complete promotion this term.
O’Neill, on the other hand, could consider his role after Ireland failed to qualify for the World Cup.
These would be two good options for Stoke City. Rowett is young and what he lacks in experience, he makes up for in potential. O’Neill has the experience but it is unclear whether he would favour a move back to club management.
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