Stoke City Boss Mark Hughes Plays Down Chelsea Link

Reports are out claiming that Stoke City manager Mark Hughes insists any speculation linking him with the Chelsea job is no more than a simple comment.

Mark Hughes

The Guardian reported on Wednesday that the Blues are seriously considering the Welsh tactician who spent time at Stamford Bridge as a player between 1995 and 1998.

Hughes’ name is amongst a shortlist that includes Diego Simeone, Mauricio Pochettino, Massimiliano Allegri and Antonio Conte but he has played down the the talk by suggesting it is nothing serious.

“There is a little bit of speculation about certain roles in the Premier League at the moment and, at some point, if you have a decent spell, you get mentioned,” said the former Wales, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham and QPR boss said.

“I think it is no more and no less than that. I think everyone just tries to cover all bases and mentions everybody, and this week I got a mention.

“It’s nice to be mentioned I suppose, because that reflects well on me, but more so on the players and how well they are doing, which is how it should be because we are having a decent season.

“But we are fully focused here and enjoying what we are doing. It is a good time to be at Stoke. Everybody feels we are going in the right direction and building something. So I’m very happy.”

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