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The Potters have seen a rise in season ticket sales since the announcement of the former QPR boss as manager following Tony Pulis' exit and the club say they hope it continues

Figures revealed by Stoke City this week have shown how there has been a surge in season ticket sales since the announcement of Mark Hughes as the new manager.

The Welshman, formerly of Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham and more recently QPR, was appointed on May 30 and Stoke had sold only 16,500 tickets up to that point - down 15% on previous years.

Since then, however, the club say they have seen an unexpected rise in "mid-price" tickets, seeing a further 1000 sold since Hughes was named as Tony Pulis' successor, and club chief executive Tony Scholes is hoping it continues.

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"We finished the launch period 15 per cent down on last year. While being disappointed that we were down at all, to put that into context we had still sold 16,500 season tickets at that point and we had sold an awful lot more than many people were expecting us to," he told The Sentinel.

"Since we have closed the launch period and have gone back on sale with mid-priced tickets, and appointed Mark Hughes, we have had a good response and have sold a further 1,000 tickets.

"We would normally sell 500 to 600 at the mid-price.

"So, we have sold a total of 17,500 now and we have been very encouraged by the recent increase in season-ticket sales.

"It gives us great reason to be optimistic that once again we are going to be playing to sell-out crowds next season."

Adult season tickets at Stoke start from £399, with under 17s priced at £209 and under 11s £67.

Of their junior prices, Scholes added: "We have consistently made junior pricing as affordable as possible and it has paid dividends. Twenty-five per cent of our crowd is now under the age of 21."

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