Mark Hughes now the 6/5 favourite to be the first manager to leave

Hughes has received the dreaded vote of confidence following Stoke’s dismal start.

Mark Hughes now the 6/5 favourite to be the first manager to leave

Since losing to Liverpool in the Capital One semi-final on 26th January, Stoke have only managed five wins in the league. The Potters picked up their only point of the season on the opening day against Middlesbrough but have lost their four games since, conceding four goals in three of those matches.

Stoke have finished ninth in the past three Premier League seasons and, according to the Stoke boss, had European aspirations heading into this campaign. Stoke’s defeat at Selhurst Park means they have already conceded 14 goals in the league this season and have now shipped the most Premier League goals in 2016 - 53.

Mark Hughes was 20/1 to be the first manager to leave their post on the opening day of the season and as long as 25/1 on 11th September. A week later and he is now odds-on in places, with best-price 6/5 still available. Chairman Peter Coates has today delivered Hughes a vote of confidence, which often tends to be the final straw.

Stoke face West Brom at home, Man Utd away and Sunderland at home in their next three Premier League fixtures.