Stoke City hero Robert Huth has revealed the inside story of his departure for Leicester City.
The central defender is still worshipped at Stoke for his six years at the club in which City were an established Premier League side under Tom Pulis, reached the FA Cup final in 2011, and played in Europe.
But then manager Mark Hughes allowed him to leave for Leicester City in 2015 and Huth became part of the Foxes side that won the Premier League title in 2015/16.
He discusses the move in a feature in the latest edition of Duck magazine.
Huth said: “We were flying at the time… We needed a bit more creativity and freedom at the end of TP’s reign and we got it. We were playing well and I wasn’t in the team.
“I had no problem with Mark Hughes, but you know that I need to be playing games as mentioned before. Stoke were playing well without me, and the only difficulty I had with the manager was when he said that I could only go to a Championship club – I didn’t agree with that at all.
“I just wanted to be cut a little slack. It wasn’t like I was a star striker who would go somewhere, score 20 goals and come back to haunt the club… “
As his interviewer points out – Huth did go on to win the Premier League title!
Huth adds: “Yes, I suppose I did, ha ha. When I joined Leicester, it was in the middle of a relegation battle, and winning anything looked absolutely miles off.
“Indeed, we should never have stayed up that season. We had a good team at Leicester, and before I went, they weren’t getting hammered – they were in most games, losing by the odd goal.
“But losing is a habit… But we were all on the same page. There was a connection between fans, manager and club like we had at Stoke.”
The story is just a snippet from the extensive feature with Huth covering, amongst other things, his upbringing, his early career in the game, his move to Stoke City and working with Tony Pulis, winning the title with Leicester and lots more.
Duck editor Ant Bunn says: “Issue 59 of DUCK magazine is released in digital-only format and on sale now! Priced just £2.50 for 58 pages, it features a full length interview with legend ROBERT HUTH, as well as an interview with Radio Stoke’s JOHN ACRES and some great articles about our beloved club.”
As the magazine is not in print, you can only get it online from https://duckmagazine.bigcartel.com/product/duck-issue-59-digital-only
It’s well worth a read.