Hughes determined to restore reputation at Stoke

The 49-year-old Welshman was chosen to succeed Tony Pulis on Thursday and has already vowed to silence his critics by enjoying a long and successful reign

New Stoke boss Mark Hughes says he is determined to repair his reputation at the Britannia Stadium following a nightmare spell at QPR.

The 49-year-old was sacked by the west London club in November, just 12 games into the Premier League season, and spent seven months in the managerial wilderness before receiving the call from Potters chairman Peter Coates to replace Tony Pulis.

Coates described Hughes' time at Loftus Road as a "blip" and revealed his success at Blackburn and Fulham was a determining factor in deciding to hand him a three-year contract.

And Hughes has vowed to repay that show of faith, while dispelling the criticism that has flooded in his direction.

"The populist route of [appointing a manager] who’s in vogue," he told reporters.

“It’s been a little bit [hard keeping my own counsel for the past six months]. But I felt the only way I could answer people was by getting a position that gave me an opportunity to work hard and show that what people were saying was incorrect.

“I feel that’s what I’ve got here. My intention, for my own sanity, is to repair my reputation at Stoke City and stay here for as long as I can.

“I can understand it [the opposition from some fans]. You have to understand that for the last six months, they have been told my ability as a manager is in question and really I haven’t taken any path in terms of recourse to that.

“Sometimes it’s illogical. I look at someone on the telly and decide I don’t like him when I don’t know him. You just make an instant decision and that’s human nature.

“If I do my job here well, I hope that will change people’s perception and understanding of my abilities. I believe I am a good manager and a good fit for Stoke City.”