Football By Joe Crilly

Hughesy’s Hand Off: Benitez 9/4 To Be Snubbed By Stoke Boss Next Week

After Mark Hughes missed out on a hand shake from Jose Mourinho at the end of Stoke’s home draw with Manchester United and given his ongoing silliness with Tony Pulis, William Hill have opened a market on who will the next manager to receive the cold shoulder from the former Wales boss.


Rafa Benitez is his next potential victim and is just 9/4 to be snubbed post-final whistle followed by Antonio Conte who is just 3/1. Mauricio Pellegrino does, however, look set to receive a friendly Stoke reception and is 12/1 to be mugged off by Hughes when Southampton visit the Potteries. Hughes is a rather large 10/1 to shake hands with every manager between now and the end of the season.


“Mark Hughes seems to rub some of the more prickly managers up the wrong way and seems to be snubbed (or indeed do the snubbing himself) on a relatively regular basis and it is a short price that him and Rafa ignore each other after the match next week,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.


When will Mark Hughes next NOT shake hands with opposition manager after the final whistle in the Premier League: 9/4 Newcastle (a); 3/1 Chelsea (h); 12/1 Southampton (h); 25/1 Manchester City (a); 33/1 Bournemouth (h); 50/1 Watford (a); 6/4 any other match after these


Mark Hughes to shake hands after every other Premier League match: 10/1