Hughes fired as Stoke manager after FA Cup humiliation
January 05, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Not even an FA Cup match against fourth-tier opposition could provide any respite for Mark Hughes.
The beleaguered Stoke manager was condemned to one last humiliation, a 2-1 loss to Coventry in the third round of the world’s oldest knockout competition, before getting fired on Saturday.
Stoke dropped into the Premier League‘s relegation zone this week after a run of just two wins in its last 12 matches. It was surprising that Hughes made it to the Coventry match, given the significance of a home loss at Newcastle in the league on Monday.
“I’m not naive,” Hughes said after the loss at the Ricoh Arena, “and I realize people will talk about my position.”
Three hours later, he was out.
Bournemouth avoided becoming another Premier League team to be eliminated by lower-league opposition, scoring an equalizer in the second minute of injury time to draw 2-2 at home to third-tier Wigan. Chelsea and Leicester were also taken to replays after drawing 0-0 at second-tier Norwich and third-tier Fleetwood, respectively.
Premier League leader Manchester City produced a stirring second-half fightback to beat Burnley 4-1, after going into halftime a goal down.
City is still on for a quadruple of trophies this season, as it leads