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Mark Hughes admits he thought Stoke stunk before he took over as manager

Aug 16, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

Hughes has done a great job at Stoke since 2013. Getty Images

With the new Premier League season upon us, Mark Hughes has a confession to make.

The new Stoke City manager says he thought the club was pretty bad before he came in.  Not any more though.

“Maybe I was guilty of having a perception on the quality of player I had at the club. I have very good and ­accomplished players.”

Interesting admission.

Stoke for a while have had a reputation for only being able to get the ball up front with long passes from the back.  In addition, the Potters have never finished in the top half of the Premier League table.

Hughes says he hadn’t had conversations with any previous managers of the club before taking the job.

“I’ve never spoken to former managers. Sometimes you can be shaped by other people’s perceptions on what you are going to find, so I’d rather just go in and make my own judgement with my own eyes.”

Hmm, maybe that’s why you thought they were bad, Mark!

“I wanted to see what I had first and was prepared to give them a chance. I feel we addressed a discrepancy in terms of not having too many left sided or left footed players in. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with what I’ve seen.”

Well, it’s good to know at least the guy who has to say his squad is good thinks the squad is good.  The upcoming season will tell us if he’s right.

You can watch Stoke City take on Liverpool at Anfield Saturday at 7:45am ET on NBCSN.

  1. pstevenson1082 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    It still kinda stinks but you won’t be relegated. It make 0 sense that Stoke hasn’t moved away from the relegation zone since returning to the Premier League. You need an attack……

    I like Agudelo but he isn’t going to get it in the second half of the season.

  2. hildezero - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Yeah, I agree. Agudelo is alright, but not enough for Stoke.

  3. dhalb34 - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Stoke is going to be relegated. They still stink.

  4. footballer4ever - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    I have been up since 6:59am to watch me some morning football! Even though i am no fan of LFC or Stoke, i am a football fan….so let the football roll………thank you, NBC!

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