Stoke City Manager Mark Hughes Doesn't Believe He Will Be Sacked


The Head Coach of West Bromwich Albion says he's determined to reward his fans with a win for Christmas.

Asked about that on Friday, he said: "I don't think that is where we are at to be perfectly honest".

Not a whole lot has gone right for West Bromwich Albion this season - the Baggies are winless since the second game of the season and now sit 19th in the Premier League table - and things might just be about to go from bad to worse. What you have to do is support good people, people you have faith in, and that's what they have always done here. "I know what my view on that is".

Albion have included wingers Nacer Chadli and Matt Phillips in their squad following respective hip and hamstring injuries, although the match is likely to come too soon for Craig Dawson, who is edging towards a first-team return following a knee complaint.

"I would be more concerned if I felt the side itself didn't have the capability to put points on the board".

"Our record in defence is nowhere near as good as we wanted it to be, but we haven't been in a position where we have been able to call upon the same personnel week in, week out", said Hughes.

"The longer it goes on the more hard it gets but from my point of view I don't sense any apprehension about where we are".

"We've got to come back out against West Brom and do everything right", Diouf told the Stoke Sentinel. "Everyone else has gone and I'm the last man standing!"

"We need a level playing field", Hughes said. Key moments in key games have been affected by decisions the referee has made. So they sense if there is a change in attitude from the players, or myself or whatever. Maybe that's something to be applauded that they actually realise there's a problem and are trying to do something about it.

West Brom have signalled that they are ready to cash in on Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans should he fail to sign a new contract. "We have to play together".