​Mark Hughes faces a fight to keep his job as manager of ​Stoke City, after a hugely underwhelming run of results in recent weeks which has resulted in his players getting hounded at a train station.


The 54-year-old has overseen a recent run of three defeats in four games, but the past 18 months at the Bet365 Stadium have been lacklustre and inconsistent.

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Frustrations at the football club spilled over following the 5-1 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday, as angry supporters confronted Hughes' under-performing players at Stoke railway station, as reported by the ​Telegraph.


Apparently Hughes will be safe even if the team taste defeat against ​Burnley on Tuesday night, but would find himself under huge pressure for the weekend game with West Ham - two defeats could see his four-and-a-half-year tenure come to an end.

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It is thought that chairman Peter Coates wants to give Sparky every chance to turn things around after guiding the club to three ninth-placed finishes in the​ Premier League, but does recognise the severity of the current situation.


Speaking of the incident at the railway station, Hughes said: "That is still resonating and it’s good we have a game [on Tuesday] because it is still fresh in the mind, fresh in their ears probably, [we can] use it as a motivating factor.

"Don’t allow people to have an opportunity to have a question you. You do that by playing well, getting results.


"There could be individuals in our group who haven’t experienced it before, but they have now – so they can use it. You either suck it up and do something about it or you go under, and we can’t accept players like that. I don’t feel we have players like that."

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