Hughes eyeing 'something special' at Stoke

The Welshman is keen to stay for the long term at the Britannia Stadium after succeeding Tony Pulis in the summer, aiming to push into the top half of the table this season
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is hopeful that he will be afforded the time to build "something special" at the club.

Hughes replaced fellow Welshman Tony Pulis at the Britannia Stadium last May and has claimed only six Premier League wins in his time in charge, although his charges have beaten both Manchester United and Chelsea this season.

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The Potters sit a mere three points above the relegation zone but are just one behind 10th-placed Swansea City ahead of Wednesday's home clash against Garry Monk's men and Hughes is keen to look upwards to a possible top-half finish.

"I want to be here for a significant amount of time, if I can, to build something really special," he told The Sentinel.

"This year was always going to be difficult and a season of possible highs and lows but we will get through it and be better for it too.

"It's about making sure we take care of our business.

"I don't think I've experienced, as a player or as a manager, so many teams so close together.

"If we play like I know we are capable of playing, like we did against Manchester United and how we approached the game against Southampton [in Saturday's 2-2 draw], we will be fine.

"We want to push on to the top half of the table if we can."