Sacked Stoke boss Mark Hughes believes the club's results "will improve in the second half of the season".
In a statement, Hughes, who presided over three ninth-placed finishes at the club, admitted: "We haven't matched the high standards set in previous years."
"I wish to thank the Coates family and the Board, for all of their support during my four-and-a-half memorable years at Stoke City," he added.
"Together, we have enjoyed four successful campaigns including three consecutive ninth placed finishes; the highest position the club has reached since 1975.
"I will always be very proud of this achievement and I'd like to thank my coaching staff, the players and everyone at Stoke City for their hard work during my time as manager.
"Although so far this season we haven't matched the high standards set in previous years, I remain confident that performances and results will improve in the second half of the season.
"Finally, I'd like to wish the club and its loyal supporters success and good fortune in the future.
"I look forward to the next challenge in my management career."
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