Stoke City chairman Peter Coates is shocked by the Premier League's sack culture.

Coates admits he is staggered by the fact that Mark Hughes, who was only appointed last summer, is now the eighth longest-serving Premier League manager following Chris Hughton's sacking at Norwich.

"It is a remarkable statistic," he told The Sentinel.

"I think it is explained by the fact that some 13 clubs have, for a long period, been in fear of relegation. Even now you could argue there are five clubs where anything can still happen.

"Because of the financial implications, boardrooms and chairmen are bound to get nervy and I'm sure this is a reflection of that situation."

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