STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Mark Hughes (L), Manager of Stoke City talks to Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United after the Premier League match between Stoke City and West Ham United at Bet365 Stadium on April 29, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Replacements: 6 Potential Candidates to Replace Mark Hughes at Stoke City

Stoke City parted company with manager Mark Hughes on Saturday, just hours after their shock 2-0 defeat to League Two side Coventry City.


The Welshman was sacked following a poor start to the season, in which Stoke only managed to pick up a measly 20 points. Currently sitting third from bottom in the league, the Potters will need to get a new manager in quick as they look to avoid relegation.


Here are the six most likely replacements for Hughes at Stoke City:

1. Martin O'Neill

Despite failing to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, Martin O'Neill is still a very attractive prospect. 


The Irishman guided the Republic of Ireland to the knockout rounds of the European Championship in 2016, eventually going out to finalists France.


O'Neill already has previous in the Premier League with Aston Villa Leicester City and Sunderland, and is likely to be near the top of Stoke's wish-list.

2. Gary Rowett

Derby County have been very impressive in the Championship this season, and most of the credit for this has gone to manager Gary Rowett. 


The Rams currently sit second in England's second division. Since arriving, the Englishman has stabilised the club and brought them onto another level. 


For Rowett, a move to the Premier League would be a dream come true, however if the Rams were to lose him now, their season could potentially take a turn for the worst.

3. Garry Monk

Since leaving Swansea City back in 2015, Garry Monk has failed to remain at a club for a long period of time.


With Leeds United, Monk left after just one year at the club and the Englishman recently parted company with Middlesborough after only six months with the Boro. 


At only 38-years old, Monk has his best years ahead of him, and if he is lucky, those years could well be at the bet365 Stadium.

4. Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs has become somewhat of a controversial figure in the management scene. After the sacking of Paul Clement, it seemed that Giggs would become his replacement, however the Welshman was quick to rule himself out. 


The former Manchester United star is said to be waiting for a big club to ask for his services. Despite being low in the table, Stoke are still regarded as a big club, and it seems that it would be a great place for Giggs to continue his career in management.

5. Slaven Bilic

Following a terrible start to the season, Slaven Bilic was sacked by West Ham in November 2017. 


In his first season with the Hammers however, the Croatian was very successful and led the club to seventh; finishing with the club record 62 points.


The Croat would be a good option for the Potters given his knowledge of the league. 

6. Michael O'Neill

Similar to Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, the current Northern Ireland manager is still very well thought of despite not guiding his country to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


Northern Ireland were the surprise team of Euro 2016, reaching the last 16 of the competition. 


O'Neill has not yet managed in the Premier League and if Stoke were to offer him the job, however it would not be a huge surprise if the Northern Irish man was appointed given his recent managerial record.