Date: 4th January 2018 at 9:19pm
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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has again downplayed speculation about his future at the club and instead insisted he’s focused on the games ahead and strengthening the group this month.

Reports circulated that the club’s owners were considering his future following the recent run of results, but speaking to Sky Sports Hughes explained that the only talks he’d had with the board centred around our plans for January with the transfer window now open once again.

Rejecting questions on whether he’d asked for assurances about his job, he explained.

‘Why would I seek it? I don’t need it. It’s just business as usual. I didn’t attempt to ask the owners about my future, I went there with the sole purpose of getting an understanding of what we’re doing in January. That’s what I got, an indication in terms of that, so it was a good meeting and one we can move forward from.’

Hughes also spoke about the owners and despite ‘Hughes out’ banners at the defeat to Newcastle United, he believed they would be upfront and open with him.

‘I’d be disappointed if they weren’t up front and honest, that’s the type of people they are. They back good people with ability, and always let them get on with the job.’

He also said that he didn’t necessarily believe that his future would hang on the result of the FA Cup third round clash with Coventry City this weekend.

‘If you’re priming people to make those decisions, yes. In my view, we’ve got a difficult game at the weekend, a typical cup tie, lower league team that’s doing quite well at the moment coming up against a Premier League team not quite in as best form as they like. Everyone will be gearing up for an upset, we’ll have something to say about that, clearly. I’ve been doing it a long time now, been in this game, seen most things, experienced these things before and come out really strong on the other side and that’s our intention this time.’

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