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Stoke City fires Mark Hughes after FA Cup defeat

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Mark Hughes couldn’t save his job with an FA Cup tie against 4th tier opposition as he succumbed to a defeat.

The Stoke City manager who was already under pressure was condemned to one last humiliation, a 2-1 loss away to Coventry City in the third round of the world’s oldest knockout competition, before getting fired on Saturday.

The Potters dropped into the Premier League’s drop zone this week after having just two wins in their last 12 matches. It was surprising that Hughes made it to the Coventry match, given the significance of a home loss at Newcastle United in the league on Monday.

“I’m not naive,” Hughes said after the loss at the Ricoh Arena, “and I realize people will talk about my position.” Three hours later, he was out.

Goals from Jordan Willis (24′) and Jack Grimmer (67′) were enough to send Stoke City out of the competition. The Potters only goal came from Charlie Adam as he converted a spot kick in the 53rd minute.

Coventry Manager Mark Robins said he would love to draw his old club Manchester United in round four.

“For us it’s brilliant, we’re in the fourth-round draw. Hopefully, we’ll get a big club away from home — United away would be perfect,” he said.

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