Negotiations ongoing over the weekend.
Mark Hughes has taken a step towards being named as the new manager of Stoke City after holding talks with the club over the weekend, according to the Telegraph.
The former Wales boss met with chairman Peter Coates and chief executive Tony Scholes in a series of meetings and is now thought to be the main contender for the position despite opposition from a section of the club’s fans.
He is expected to put pen to paper on a one year rolling contract and bring his long serving assistants Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki as well as work closely with the club’s technical director, Mark Cartwright, as Stoke are currently without any first team coaches with David Kemp, Gerry Francis, Mark O’Connor and Adrian Pennock all departing the club with Tony Pulis.
The club’s first choice Roberto Martinez is said to be the man set to replace David Moyes at Everton, or Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga whilst Roberto Di Matteo has distanced himself from the link.
Hughes is thought to be eager to repair his broken reputation after his spell at QPR, starting the season poorly that ended in relegation and Stoke are hoping to tie up a deal before the weekend.