Hughes: Chelsea Speculation Expected

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Mark Hughes has stated the speculation linking him with a coaching job at Chelsea is expected, due to the form of Stoke City.

Stoke are ninth and just four points behind Manchester United, who sit fifth on the table. Stoke City were later eliminated by Liverpool on penalties in the league cup semis.

And Hughes has been added to the list of coaches that Chelsea will look at, should they miss Allegri, Guardiola or Simeone.

“There is always speculation like that,” Hughes said ahead of his side’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Crystal Palace.

“When you have a decent spell your name gets mentioned and this week it is me, but it is what it is. There is so much speculation going around and people being linked with different jobs in the country.”

Hughes says Stoke are keen to add to their squad before the close of the January transfer window but will not be rushed into panic buys if they miss out on their preferred targets.

“We would like to add if the right person is available and we can bring him to the club,” he added. “There is a danger sometimes that you start scrambling around trying to do business if your ‘A’ targets fall by the wayside.

“There will be no hurried decisions and no last-minute deals which we have not done work on before and considered.”

Hughes continued: “I thought we did really well [against Liverpool] and obviously everyone is disappointed not to go through.

“Tactically our work was spot on, we played better football and created better chances. Unfortunately we lost the first tie, won the second tie but lost on penalties.

“It was the first time we have won at Anfield in 50-odd years so that is something to take from the game.”



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