Sheffield United, Newcastle United – Odds on next Premier League vacancy as Mark Hughes eyes return


Mark Hughes says he is ‘ready to go’ and return to management after two years out of the game.

Hughes guided Stoke City to three ninth placed finishes in the Premier League after taking over from Tony Pulis in 2013, with exciting signings and some of the best performances in the club’s history.

But it all unravelled in his final couple of years, with poor recruitment leaving Stoke already sinking fast towards the Championship was he was sacked in January 2018.

He had a short spell at Southampton – keeping them in the Premier League – before making way for Ralph Hasenhuttl late in 2018.

Hughes has mostly kept out of the focus since then but he was on punditry duty with the BBC over the weekend and said: “I’ve had enough rest now. I’m ready to go.

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“Those opportunities will keep on coming, you’d like to think, given the CV that I’ve got. You just have to wait for the right one.”

“Obviously you don’t actively pursue other people’s jobs, that’s just not done, but clearly you get an inkling by virtue of results and how teams are doing.

“There are people who will contact you and say ‘if this happens would you fancy going into this club?’ and so on.

“You have those conversations prior to any actual movement in the market.”

He added: “At some point you feel you’ll get opportunities.

“The timing has to be right for you, it has to be right for the club that wants to make the change. If you’re available and it makes sense to both parties, then that’s when you begin to talk.”

Hughes has also been in charge of Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers, as well as Wales, and clocked up more than 600 games as a manager.

The bookies suggest the next Premier League vacancy will come at Sheffield United, where Chris Wilder is under pressure following one win in 19 games since the start of the season.

Steve Bruce is also short odds to leave Newcastle United, who are 15th and seven points above the relegation places.

Next Premier League manager to leave post, latest odds: Chris Wilder 6/4, Steve Bruce 11/4, Frank Lampard 5/2, Roy Hodgson 10/1, Nuno Espirito Santo 10/1, Graham Potter 16/1, Mikel Arteta 16/1, Sam Allardyce 18/1, Sean Dyche 20/1, Scott Parker 25/1, David Moyes 40/1, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer 40/1, Marcelo Bielsa 40/1, Dean Smith 40/1, Jose Mourinho 66/1, Ralph Hasenhuttl 66/1, Carlo Ancelotti 66/1, Brendan Rodgers 80/1, Jurgen Klopp 80/1.





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