Stoke Mark Hughes

How Stoke’s owners reacted to the Coventry City defeat

Coventry City 2 – Stoke 1

Was this even a shock?

League One side Coventry City claimed an FA Cup scalp on Saturday.

Taking on Premier League side Stoke, Coventry claimed a 2-1 home win at the Ricoh Arena to advance into the fourth round.

Coventry took the lead midway through the first half through Jordan Willis. Charlie Adam levelled from the penalty spot for Stoke in the 54th minute.

But Jack Grimmer scored the winner for the Sky Blues in the 68th minute.

Will Stoke sack Mark Hughes?

Prior to the Coventry game it seemed that Mark Hughes had earned a stay of execution at the Bet365 Stadium.

On Thursday Stoke held a showdown meeting with Hughes following defeats to Chelsea and Newcastle in the Premier League.

Hughes met with the club chairman Peter Coates, vice chairman John Coates and chief executive Tony Scholes.

Yet it seemed that Hughes ‘won’ that meeting. Reports after the event claimed not only was Hughes to stay on as Stoke boss, but the manager was looking at three new January signings.

But has the Coventry defeat changed that?

According to the Stoke Sentinel on Saturday night, Hughes could be a goner within 48 hours:

Mark Hughes is standing by to be sacked before the weekend is even out after presiding over one of the worst results in the club’s entire history this afternoon.

Chairman Peter Coates and vice chairman John Coates will consider bringing forward their plans after Stoke were knocked out by a team 53 places below them in the league.

The big question for Stoke is not whether to sack Hughes.

Rather it’s who can they appoint in his place who will keep them from being relegated?

The Potters are just two points clear of the drop zone and their fans are seething.

Also see: Boost for Mark Hughes: Striker headed to Stoke.

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