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Hughes tipped to nurture Stoke youngsters

4 July 2013 20:33

Stoke City’s homegrown youngsters will be given every chance to progress through the ranks under Mark Hughes, according to Glyn Hodges.

Hodges moved to the Britannia Stadium this week to join as Under-21 coach having worked previously with Hughes with the Wales national team, Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham and QPR.

Previous Stoke manager Tony Pulis frustrated sections of the club’s supporters by his seeming reluctance to bring through young players.

Hughes, though, will nurture talent at Stoke as he prepares for his first season in charge, according to the man in charge of the club's youngsters.

Hodges told the club’s official website: "Mark is very interested in building clubs; he doesn’t just come in and concentrate on the first team.

"He will be looking to the Academy and what’s going on there and taking a keen interest.

"For me, he plays football the right way – he wants to get the ball on the ground and play which will help these kids progress as young footballers wherever that may be, but hopefully for Stoke City."

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