Sparky was criticised for resting key players in the 5-0 drubbing at Chelsea to ensure his team were in a more favourable position to take on the Magpies, a game he was confident of winning.
When this was questioned in his post match press conference, he reacted angrily and exited promptly, cutting a frustrated figure.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "
Mark Hughes 2017 for those interested.— Kristan Heneage (@KHeneage) January 1, 2018
11 PL wins from 40 games.
Worst defensive record in Europe's top 5 leagues this season (46 conceded).
Worst away record in the Premier League this season with one win.
He also currently has a worse win ratio than his 3 predecessors.
"If we were closer to Chelsea in the second half, the guys that missed out, they would have played a part. As it was the game had gone away - that was the situation. Would you have done different? You would have played two strong teams?"
The final whistle was met with a chorus of boos and chants of "Hughes out" partnered with banners of the same title, yet the Welshman remains confident he will keep his job despite calls for his sacking.
BREAKING: Mark Hughes sacked as manager of Stoke City after yer da holds up a piece of a4 paper pic.twitter.com/twSRSrbfIN— Turner (@Hegazistry) January 1, 2018
"That's not my decision - I know what I feel. We've got a group of players that are playing with a lack of confidence. When that happens their ability to make key decisions becomes tough.