Mark Hughes & Stoke
After Newcastle United beat Stoke 1-0 on New Year’s Day, the calls for Mark Hughes’s head were all encompassing.
The Potters are just two points clear of the drop zone and their fans are seething.
Hughes was slaughtered on social media after the Newcastle defeat followed up the 5-0 thrashing at Chelsea.
To be fair to Hughes, Stoke had significant defensive selection problems for the Chelsea game.
‘Showdown’ Stoke meeting
On Thursday Mark Hughes has sat down with his employers at Stoke City.
He met with the club chairman Peter Coates, vice chairman John Coates and chief executive Tony Scholes.
The meeting was to discuss Hughes’s ongoing career at the Bet365 Stadium.
And according to the Stoke Sentinel, not only did Hughes survive the meeting with his job intact. He’s also been given the green light to spend in the January transfer window.
Stoke fans have been told the following about the Thursday meeting with Hughes:
Mark Hughes has met with Stoke’s board this morning and remains manager of the club until further notice.
It is understood Hughes put up a valiant defence of his position and outlined his plans to improve results.
They include the club’s January transfer policy and Stoke’s attempts to sign up to three new players to re-invigorate what is now a full blown battle against relegation.
In fairness to Stoke, had they sacked Hughes it was unclear who they could appoint instead.
Bojan Krkic to return?
It’s beginning to seem inevitable that Spanish striker Bojan Krkic is heading back to Stoke.
Bojan has been on loan at Spanish club Alaves since the start of the season.
But Bojan has struggled for game time in the first half of a season. He’s only made three starts in La Liga and he’s only scored once in the Spanish top flight
On Wednesday night in the Copa del Rey, Bojan’s continued stay at Alaves appeared to come to an end.
Alaves were drawn against Formentera in the last-16 of the Spanish Cup. Bojan was left out of the Alaves squad for the game.
The likes of Marca have since reported that Bojan is poised to return to the Premier League to rejoin Stoke as Alaves are ready to end the loan deal.