Stoke are considering the future of manager Mark Hughes after a disappointing first half of the season.

The board of directors have not met to formally discuss Hughes’ position, but are weighing up their options after Monday’s home defeat by Newcastle.

Hughes remains in his post and is preparing the team for Saturday’s trip to Coventry City in the FA Cup.

The Welshman is expected to conduct the pre-match news conference on Thursday, and take charge of the game.

However, his position is under review with Stoke two places above the Premier League relegation zone having lost seven of their past 10 games.

Asked after the game against Newcastle if his four-and-a-half-year reign at Stoke was under threat, Hughes replied: “Who else is going to do it?”

The 54-year-old added: “In terms of the knowledge of the group and the progress in my time here, I’m the best person to do it.”

Whether Hughes stays or not, money will be made available to strengthen the playing squad in the January transfer window.

Mark walked out of a scheduled press conference…..

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somewhat exasperated…a great man (and a great footballer) in crisis

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