Former Birmingham City boss Chris Hughton is the favourite to become the new Stoke City manager should Nathan Jones leave according to the Birmingham Mail.

The Potters lost 2-1 to Blues on Saturday as they remained bottom of the table following a winless start to the season which has heaped huge pressure on current boss Nathan Jones.

They have picked up just one Championship point so far but when ahead against the Midlands side only to once again fall to another demoralising defeat.

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Jones was appointed as Potters manager in January but won just three of his 21 matches at the helm in the second half of last season.

His position as manager is becoming less secure by the game and former Birmingham City boss Chris Hughton has now been installed as the favourite to take the reins should Nathan Jones be relieved of his duties.

Hughton spent a season in charge at Birmingham City leading them to the play-offs as well as overseeing a memorable Europa League campaign.

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Former West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has been installed as second favourite for the job should it become available which would be a very interesting choice considering his affiliation with the club.

Pulis was Stoke boss for seven years between 2006 and 2013 and was a fans favourite at the club before his departure for Crystal Palace and eventually West Bromwich Albion.

Sam Allardyce and Nigel Pearson are also on the list of managerial vacancies for the job at the Bet365 Stadium.

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