Stoke have confirmed Mark Hughes as their new manager on a three-year deal

Once Tony Pulis' seven-year stay with the club ended last week, Hughes quickly emerged as the clear favourite to be his successor and after days of talks has now been given the job.

"I'm absolutely delighted to get the opportunity," Hughes said.

"The Coates family have given me this opportunity and I'm really grateful. I'm pleased they have done their due diligence and looked beyond my last position and taken my career as a manager as a whole. I have the opportunity to work with good people. 

Hughes, 49, spoke about his time at QPR which ended with Harry Redknapp taking the reins after their poor start which culminated in their eventual relegation to the Championship.

"It was difficult at QPR and a lot of managers have gone in there and found it difficult," Hughes said.

"Their turnover of managers, not just in the last 18 months, but historically has been high. It was difficult and mistakes were made.

"I made mistakes which I learned from but I felt I was given the task of keeping them in the Premier League which I managed to do.

"I had 17 games to do that and 12 games later I lost my job.

"It was a difficult situation with a lot of chances and if we are honest with ourselves we tried to run before we could walk.

"From my point of view it's all about the here and now and moving Stoke forward."