Sidwell saw end coming for Hughes

Stoke City

Brighton's Steve Sidwell admits he and his old Stoke City teammates could sense the end was coming for Mark Hughes at the club.

Sidwell believes a number of factors put Hughes, who signed the midfielder twice – at Fulham and then Stoke, in the firing line prior to his sacking last month.

“You could probably see it going that way with ins and outs, recruitment and players they lost,” Sidwell told the Brighton Argus.

“I still keep in contact with a few of the lads there and they said you could see changes coming.

“Under Mark Hughes you still had the same manager, the same mentality, the same ethos.

“For some reason it just wasn’t working out on the pitch. A change was made and, as always seems to happen, the team picks up.”