Could former Stoke City manager really be returning to the Premier League?

Mark Hughes is being touted for a Premier League return.

But hold your horses, he is being touted by one news outlet… for a job that doesn’t yet exist.

The Mail has reported that both Hughes and Lee Johnson have been lined up by Burnley if Sean Dyche was to jump ship.

Relations between Dyche and his board are said to have been better.

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Hughes would jump at the chance to manage Burnley, as long as they are in the Premier League of course, because it’s not too far to travel from his Cheshire home and he knows it’s the best offer by far he’s likely to get now.

Were it to materialise of course.

Burnley might just see him as an experienced pair of hands to take the club forward, or at least prevent it going backwards, after Dyche’s fine work over many years.

There’s mixed messages from his most recent work in management though.

His three successive ninth-placed finishes at Stoke were sadly all but forgotten by the time he was sacked in January 2018 after completely losing his grip on affairs at the bet365.

A couple of months later he tipped up at Southampton and successfully hauled them to safety that season – while his old club Stoke went down of course.

But a poor start to the following season suggested he was no more than a short-term fix for the Saints and by the December of 2018 he was out on his ear.

And seemingly out of top-flight football for good this time.

But maybe, just maybe, he could be the right man in the right place for a club of Burnley’s status and ambition.

There would certainly be echoes of Stoke City circa 2013 were they to make a move for him.

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