Stoke boss Hughes confident taking Pennant gamble

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is confident he can rescue Jermaine Pennant's career.

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is confident he can rescue Jermaine Pennant's career.

Hughes reckons he can get the best out of the wide man and revealed he has an ace up his sleeve in his bid to revitalize the ex-Liverpool star.

Sparky said: "I think I can take him on. One of my backroom staff, Eddie Niedzwiecki, worked with him at Arsenal so he knows him well. There's a personal relationship there that we can build on and revisit.

"He'll enjoy the day-to-day work we do as well, it's very player orientated. So the type of work we do on a daily basis will encourage him, I'm sure.

"I needed to sit down with Jermaine and just talk to him one-to-one. I sense that he still has more to give Stoke City and that he's really motivated to kick on."

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