“His record speaks for itself,” Stoke chairman Peter Coates told the Stoke Sentinel of Hughes. 

“He has done excellently by anyone’s standards. He’s also a thoughtful, intelligent man with an intense desire to win.”

His appointment comes nine days after former manager Tony Pulis left by mutual consent. 

Hughes was previously been the manager at Blackburn, where he started his managerial career in 2004, before moving to a pre-Abu Dhabi United Group takeover Manchester City, and then Fulham before joining QPR. 

Hughes was sacked as manager of west London club QPR last November with the club in the relegation zone. He was replaced by Harry Redknapp, who was unable to turn around the club’s fortunes and QPR were relegated to the Championship last month. 

As a player he has a notable career with Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

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