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Hughes planning long-term

Mark Hughes hopes to be at Stoke City for 'a significant amount of time' and help to build 'something special'.

Last Updated: 12/02/14 at 18:53 Post Comment

Mark Hughes: Setting his sights on the top half of the table

Mark Hughes: Setting his sights on the top half of the table

The Welshman was drafted in to the Britannia Stadium last summer following Tony Pulis' departure.

Hughes has found the going tough at times, but has edged Stoke three points clear of the relegation zone.

He concedes that inheriting a side accustomed to playing a certain style of football was always going to be difficult, but intends to stick around for long enough that he can put his own stamp on the Potters.

Hughes told The Sentinel: "I want to be here for a significant amount of time, if I can, to build something really special.

"This year was always going to be difficult and a season of possible highs and lows, but we will get through it, and be better for it too.

"It's about making sure we take care of our business.

"I don't think I've experienced, as a player or as a manager, so many teams so close together."

As part of an 11-team grouping that is separated by just seven points, Hughes wants to see Stoke take another step in the right direction when they play host to Swansea City on Wednesday.

He added: "If we play like I know we are capable of playing, like we did against Manchester United and how we approached the game against Southampton, we will be fine.

"We want to push on to the top half of the table if we can."

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