Mark Hughes? Really? After his disastrous stint at QPR stepping into the shoes of 'hoof the ball hard and hit the opposition harder' merchant Warnock, the poor club's Pulis?
Old Big Gob would be delighted to give Stoke a reference and it would read something like this: "I left behind a decent bunch of lads and the makings of a good team. Then along came that twat and destroyed everything."
So why exactly would Stoke want to appoint him? I know Coates is looking for a new direction, but that direction doesn't necessarily have to point down to the Championship!
Hughes well and truly queered his pitch at QPR and some dreadful stories have emerged about his inept man management "skills". His only answer at QPR was to wave the cheque book and where did that get him exactly? QPR finished rock bottom for a reason, and that reason included Hughes.
I would love to see Stoke appoint him as that would be one of the three relegation spots booked. Add in Hull and one of Watford or Palace and the rest of the division could relax!