Has Ryan finally got the Giggs? Odds shorten dramatically on Giggsy replacing Sparky at Stoke

Give it Giggseh?

Following yet another disappointing defeat, Mark Hughes is on the brink at Stoke – with Ryan Giggs emerging as the favourite to replace him.

After the Potters were knocked out of the FA Cup by League Two outfit Coventry – hot on the heels of defeat in their ‘must-win’ clash with Newcastle and 5-0 drubbing by Chelsea – it is expected that Hughes will face the chop.

He is now odds-on (5/6) not to be in charge for Stoke’s next fixture, against Manchester United, and it looks like a fellow former Red Devils star will replace him, with Giggs soaring up the betting during this afternoon’s embarrassment at Coventry.

Giggs is now in pole position for the job (3/1), the clear favourite ahead of Martin O’Neill (17/2), Ronald Koeman (14/1) and a surprise return for Tony Pulis (20/1).

Spokesman Paddy Power said: “It has been obvious that Mark Hughes’s days are numbered at Stoke for a while now, and it looks like the Potters will turn to a (wing) wizard for his successor.

“Ryan Giggs has shot up the betting, and is now our clear favourite for the role – which should at least put Sparky’s mind at rest regarding who else would be up for his job.”


3/1          Ryan Giggs
17/2       Martin O’Neill
14/1       Ronald Koeman
20/1       Tony Pulis
25/1       Garry Monk
33/1       Gus Poyet

Paddy Power’s full next Stoke manager market can be found online here