Why Stoke City should replace Nathan Jones with Chris Hughton
Hughton is currently without a job after being sacked by Brighton and Hove Albion earlier in the summer, despite having steered the Seagulls to safety in the Premier League last season.
The 60-year-old turned down job offers from a number of Championship clubs following his dismissal from Brighton but Stoke have now identified him as a replacement for Jones, who is seemingly on the verge of being sacked from his position at the helm of affairs. (h/t Mirror)
The Potters are currently rock-bottom of the Championship standings and, with the team yet to register a single win in their first seven league games this term, the club hierarchy has already started drawing up a list of potential candidates to replace Jones.
The former Luton Town manager is yet to receive the marching orders from the Potters but the 46-year-old is apparently on borrowed time at the bet 365 Stadium after Stoke City slumped to their sixth league defeat of the ongoing campaign against Bristol City this weekend.
Stoke City had been in the Premier League for quite a long time prior to their relegation from the top-flight just a couple of years ago but the Potters now find themselves bottom of the table in the Championship and a nightmarish start to the season has already set the alarm bells ringing at the bet 365 Stadium.
Having failed to launch a promotion push at the first time of asking in the previous campaign, the Potters would have hoped to challenge for a playoff spot this time around. However, those hopes are now extinguished following a bizarre start and securing a respectable mid-table finish should be a more realistic target for the club.
Quite unsurprisingly, the Potters’ woeful run of form has apparently prompted the club hierarchy to consider a change at the helm of affairs in a bid to stop the rut.
Stoke City finished 16th in the Championship the last term after winning only 3 out of their remaining 21 league fixtures following the appointment of Jones in January and, if the previous campaign was regarded as unsatisfactory, the Potters would struggle for adjectives to describe their start to the ongoing season.
To put things into perspective, Stoke City should not hesitate to part ways with Nathan Jones and bring in a more established and experienced manager like Chris Hughton to get their campaign back on track.
Jones has managed to accomplish next to nothing at Stoke over the past ten months or so and Hughton, with his bagful of managerial experience in the Premier League and the Championship, coupled with his disciplined approach and technical know-how of the game, certainly has the CV to turn the club’s fortunes around.
A former UEFA Cup winner with Tottenham Hotspur, Hughton has earned plenty of plaudits as a manager in the top two divisions of English football over the past decade, with his feat of guiding Newcastle United and Brighton to promotion-winning campaigns in the Championship being a few glowing instances of his success.
Hughton certainly deserves a lot of credit for the kind of work that he did at Brighton and his heroics in leading the Seagulls to their first-ever promotion to the Premier League in 2017 continues to be a feat or charisma and brilliance.
Stoke City are in dire need of a change and the appointment of Hughton could be a breath of fresh air, as the Potters look to recover from the early setbacks and resurrect their faltering campaign.
To that end, the arrival of an experienced head like him could go a long way towards extracting the best out of the players, although he might have his work cut out in getting the confidence levels in the camp back to normal after such a woeful series of results.
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To sum it up, Hughton looks more like the real deal and it is high time for the Potters to decide that they have had enough of Jones’ mediocrity.